Hot Stew


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$26.95  $25.06
Algonquin Books
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5.6 X 9.1 X 1.4 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

Fiona Mozley was born in East London and raised in York, in the North of England. She studied history at Cambridge and then lived in Buenos Aires and London, working at a literary agency and at a travel center. Her first novel, Elmet, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2017. She lives in Edinburgh with her partner and their dog. Mozley's second novel, Hot Stew, is available now.


"Set in present-day London, Mozley's anticipated follow-up to Elmet--her Booker Prize shortlisted debut--follows the struggle between the haves and the have-nots over a building. Mozley's newest novel explores themes like wealth, gentrification, power, and gender dynamics."
--The Millions, "Most Anticipated: The Great First-Half 2021 Book Preview"

​"A dazzling Dickensian tale . . . [Mozley] has reinvigorated large-scale social realism for our times."
--The Guardian

"Fiona Mozley's hypnotic debut, Elmet, was a standout novel of 2018. Her much-anticipated follow-up takes place in London's Soho, where a young millionaire intent on converting an old building into luxury condos finds out the hard way that its tenants--specifically two sex workers whose brothel is based in the building--won't leave without a fight."
--BuzzFeed, "75 Books To Add To Your 2021 TBR List"

"Deftly exploring a very real clash of cultures, this is a funny and smart book."
--The Stylist, "Best New Fiction for 2021"

"[An] absurdly good read . . . A rollicking good tale of . . . property and prosperity."
--The Guardian, "Fiction to Look Out for in 2021"

"A complex mosaic of urban life . . . The Soho Mozley captures with such intensity is not a mere locality. It is a microcosm of swarming humanity. Change is, of course, a constant, but Mozley's Hot Stew arrives like a clarion call to take up arms not against change per se, but against the homogenisation that so slowly but steadily suppresses it."
--The Times of London

"[Elmet] was steeped in the legends of the Yorkshire countryside, but Hot Stew proves Mozley is equally well attuned to the rhythms of urban life. This is a compelling snapshot of a city teeming with vitality, a love letter to, as one character puts it, "the sense of being at the
centre of things," and a reminder of what London stands to lose if its stories are wiped out in pursuit of profit."
-Evening Standard (UK)

"A rollicking tale of pimps and prostitutes, property and posterity."
--The Observer

"At its best, it recalls the kind of capacious, rollicking satires Britain produced in and around the Thatcher era--ambitious, scathing and damn good fun."

"Where the mystical, elemental qualities of Elmet earned it comparisons with Lawrence and Hardy, her second novel is a sprawling urban comedy more likely to recall Ben Jonson or Dickens... [Mozley] moves easily between mordant satire and warmly eccentric character comedy in this invigorating trumpet blast against London's increasing homogenisation."
--Daily Telegraph

"A passionate and bruising take on the side effects of an increasingly unequal world, in which the rich and the poor function on alarmingly separate if parallel planes."

"Mozley leaves the Yorkshire countryside of her Booker-shortlisted Elmet for the gritty streets of London in this lively contemporary Dickensian outing set in a Soho brothel... Mozley's ambition and vision make this a worthy effort."
--Publisher's Weekly

"[A] loose, witty, soapy story... An empathetic vision of place and people."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Mozley has an incredible gift for writing place . . . Hot Stew reads like a great night out in a city that never sleeps. Her characters have a Dickensian swagger. They are backstreet heroes and villains, trying not to be eaten alive by the city they both love and hate."
--Jan Carson, 2020 winner of the EU Prize for Literature and author of The Fire Starters

"Fiona Mozley not only fulfills her promise but surpasses it. Her new stew is such a steaming, fuming mix of life, lust and London that in the end you feel like you've eaten all of Soho."
--Hallgrímur Helgason, author of Woman at 1,000 Degrees

"Mozley's Soho is a village populated by a cast of characters as vivid and memorable as any imagined by Dickens. In gorgeously beguiling prose, their pasts and presents are deftly woven into a story that tells uncomfortable truths about power and money and the state of our cities. I loved this book
--Louise Kennedy

Praise for ELMET:

Winner of the Polari First Book Prize
Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award
Shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award

"Beguiling . . . A lyrical and mythic work . . . Mozley's sheer storytelling confidence sends the reader sailing."
The New York Times

"[A] magical debut novel. Set in modern-day Yorkshire, this dazzling debut feels steeped in a more primitive, violent past. Teenagers Cathy and Daniel are living self-sufficiently in the woods with their father--until their peaceful existence is threatened by a wealthy landowner. Narrated by 14-year-old Daniel in seductively poetic prose, the book shines a light on the toll of power wielded cruelly, as well as on a countering force: the extraordinary sustenance family devotion can provide."
People (Book of the Week)

"Excellent . . . Brims with primal, folkloric power."
Wall Street Journal

"Fiona Mozley's debut novel, Elmet, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, is a firestorm of a story. Through carefully woven characters, Mozley spools a tale that simultaneously homes in on the dynamics of a family and assesses the systemic issues within a rural society."
Electric Literature

"Fiona Mozley's debut novel Elmet is hypnotic and atmospheric . . . [Her] writing is lyrical and evocative."

"A literary gothic British thriller that will make you want to smash the capitalists."
New York Magazine

"A finalist for this year's Man Booker Prize, Fiona Mozley's Elmet is a gorgeous, haunting novel about a family living in Elmet in rural Yorkshire."
Southern Living

"A gripping, disquieting first novel set in Yorkshire, which was shortlisted for Man Booker Prize. Elmet is bleak but beautiful, earthy yet airy. Mozley has emerged as an exciting new talent."
Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, Mozley's preternaturally accomplished debut novel is a riveting and disquieting fable of a family reaching back to life's essentials and embracing nature's beauty, abundance, and challenges, yet remaining caught in the perpetual twist of human good and evil. In pristinely gorgeous and eviscerating prose, Mozley, who chimes with Hannah Tinti, Lydia Millet, and Daniel Woodrell, sets ablaze a suspenseful family tragedy stoked by social critique, escalated by men's violence against women, and darkly veined with elements of country noir."
Booklist (starred review)

"Part fairy tale, part coming-of-age story, part revenge tragedy with literary connections, Mozley's first novel is a shape-shifting, lyrical, but dark parable of life off the grid in modern Britain. Mozley's instantaneous success . . . is a response to the stylish intensity of her work, which boldly winds multiple genres into a rich spinning top of a tale."
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Striking a balance between mounting pressure and literary quietude, Elmet delivers a violent family drama that finds depth in the complexity of detail."
Shelf Awareness

"Thrums with all the energy and life of the forests that surround the family . . . Rhythmic and lilting, the writing is dreamily poetic . . . Elmet is a rich and earthy tale of family life, sibling relationships, identity, how we define community."
Financial Times

"A quiet explosion of a book, exquisite and unforgettable."
The Economist

"An impressive slice of contemporary noir steeped in Yorkshire legend . . . Elmet possesses a rich and unfussy lyricism."
The Guardian

"A stunning debut . . . A wonder to behold. An utterly arresting novel about family, home, rural exploitation, violence and, most of all, the loyalty and love of children under siege."
Evening Standard (UK)

"One of the surprises on Britain's Man Booker Prize shortlist last year was Elmet, the fine debut novel from Fiona Mozley. American readers now have the chance to experience the novel's atmospheric writing and its vivid portrait of a family struggling to outrun its past . . . Elmet paints a memorable picture of fraught familial relationships and the perils of revenge."

"As rich, wild, dark and beautiful as its Yorkshire setting, Elmet is a gripping debut about life on the margins and the power and limitsof family loyalty."

"Lushly written, yet perfectly understated . . . What makes this novel stand out . . . is its dense palette of language, layer upon layer of image and visual description that transports the reader into an almost dreamlike world."
NY Journal of Books

"[With] many eerily beautiful scenes . . . A rugged, potent work whose concentrated mixture of lyricism and violence recalls Cormac McCarthy."
--Publishers Weekly