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Going Home

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781399727495

Price: £16.99

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‘Meltingly warm’
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‘Pepped up and gorgeous, just bristling with life’
OLIVIA LAING, GUARDIAN

‘A beautiful, funny tale of London and lives new and old’
SUNDAY TIMES

‘It has charm to burn’
OBSERVER

‘Very funny in places and deeply poignant in others – I loved it . . . word-perfect’
INDIA KNIGHT

‘Remarkable’
LITERARY REVIEW

‘A spirit-lifting debut’
DAVID MITCHELL, author of Cloud Atlas

‘Poignant yet very funny . . . Tom Lamont writes in clear, swift prose about the power struggles that exist in even the most loving of families and the longest of friendships. A lyrical, hypnotic delight’
KATHERINE HEINY, author of Games and Rituals

‘I will never forget these characters: so pained and funny, so brilliantly drawn, wrestled with and forgiven’
HELEN GARNER, author of The Children’s Bach

‘I adored every moment. The characters have stayed with me ever since’
BELLA MACKIE, author of How To Kill Your Family

Local boy Téo Erskine is back in the north London suburb of his youth, visiting his father – stubborn, selfish, complicated Vic. Things have changed for Téo: he’s got a steady job, a brand-new car and a London flat all concrete and glass, with a sliver of a river view.

Except, underneath the surface, not much has changed at all. He’s still the boy seeking his father’s approval; the young man playing late-night poker with his best friend, unreliable, infuriating Ben Mossam; the one still desperately in love with the enigmatic Lia Woods.

Lia’s life, on the other hand, has been transformed: now a single mum to two-year-old Joel, she doesn’t have time for anyone – not even herself.

When the unthinkable happens, Joel finds himself at the centre of an odd constellation of men – Téo, Vic, Ben – none of whom is fully equipped to look after him, but whose strange, tentative attempts at love might just be enough to offer him a new place to call home.

Reviews

I will never forget these characters: so pained and funny, so brilliantly drawn, wrestled with and forgiven
Helen Garner, author of THE SPARE ROOM
A remarkably assured, moving, melancholy and funny debut
John Banville, author of THE SINGULARITIES
A poignant yet very funny novel about three men taking turns at shouldering responsibility and shrugging it off, at worrying and causing worry, at giving care and needing it. Tom Lamont writes in clear, swift prose about the power struggles that exist in even the most loving of families and the longest of friendships. A lyrical, hypnotic delight
Katherine Heiny, author of GAMES AND RITUALS
A meltingly warm comedy centred on two old school pals recently turned 30 . . . While the testy male bonds at the book's heart supply plenty of laughter, the book owes its generous humour not to gags, but tone, which gives it an equally light hand with any number of unfunny subjects
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Bittersweet, funny and moving, Going Home is all this but also has a bright ring of truth which chimes on every page
Claire Fuller, author of UNSETTLED GROUND
A debut which skilfully and tenderly explores male relationships, belonging and what we leave behind. I adored every moment. The characters have stayed with me ever since
Bella Mackie, author of HOW TO KILL YOUR FAMILY
I enjoyed this sharp, tender novel of love and loss set in a scrupulously observed London suburb. From tragic beginnings it builds a slow fire of hope as its characters learn new ways to live and care for each other
Adam Foulds, author of THE QUICKENING MAZE
Explores parenthood, responsibility, freedom and faith . . . Immersive and finely observed
Editor's Choice, Bookseller
Deftly written, Going Home is one of the best debuts I've read in a long time. Joel and Téo crept into my heart and I did not want to let them go. Lamont's impressive skill as a writer spills out of every page
Anne Griffin, author of THE ISLAND OF LONGING
A beautiful, funny tale of London and lives new and old
Jonathan Dean, Sunday Times
A spirit-lifting debut novel of friendship, fatherhood, growth and forgiveness. A bluff song of praise to north London, peopled by engaging, fallible characters, and rich in glinting turns of phrase
David Mitchell, author of CLOUD ATLAS
Lamont mixes poignancy . . . with humour, capturing well the cadences of a toddler . . . Lamont conveys a strong sense of place . . . his characters, to me, felt intensely real
Susie Mesure, Daily Telegraph
A bittersweet and moving debut that beautifully explores male friendship and what it means to be a father
Good Housekeeping
An affecting debut about fatherhood and male friendship
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I've read Going Home twice now and I still don't feel as if I've tapped its power. Children seem to be more alive than adults, keener, less jaded, and this novel feels the same, pepped up and gorgeous, just bristling with life
Olivia Laing, Guardian
Charm is an underrated quality in fiction . . . It comes from an alchemical blend of elements including narrative voice and character, and Tom Lamont's debut novel, Going Home, set in the Jewish community in Enfield, north London, has charm to burn . . . a book that succeeds so strongly through its charm and its heart
John Self, Observer
In this touching exploration of male relationships, Lamont paints London as it is . . . The characters' flaws add vivacity and realism to the narrative, as well as providing constant ups and downs. From the imperfections of life, Lamont has fashioned a poignant work of fiction
New Statesman
Touching . . . well-drawn characters, believable dialogue and nuanced emotions cast new light on life in this bittersweet book
Press Association
There's a lot of fun to be had in this excellent debut centred on friendships, filial bonds and the demands of childcare
Daily Mail
At the centre of Lamont's book are the breathless, torrential outpourings of a child whole magnetism pulls all the adults around him together. In capturing the gradual and thorny journey of Joel and Téo towards becoming father and son, almost despite themselves, Lamont does something remarkable
Literary Review
A tender, original, finely paced debut . . . Lamont captures the familiarity and claustrophobia of suburban London and the feeling that nothing and everything has changed
Pandora Sykes, author of HOW DO WE KNOW WE'RE DOING IT RIGHT?
Vividly rendered . . . with emphasis on character and its warm, witty dialogue, Going Home is splendidly old fashioned but also strikingly modern in its themes and set-ups, especially its broader exploration of home and family
Jude Cook, Times Literary Supplement
A journey into rarely explored territory
Sainsbury's Magazine
Very funny in places and deeply poignant in others - I loved it . . . word-perfect
India Knight, author of DARLING

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