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Going Home

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781399727495

Price: £16.99

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‘A meltingly warm comedy’
10 best new novelists for 2024, Observer

‘Poignant yet very funny . . . a lyrical, hypnotic delight’ KATHERINE HEINY

‘I will never forget these characters: so pained and funny, so brilliantly drawn, wrestled with and forgiven’ HELEN GARNER

‘It has a bright ring of truth which chimes on every page’ CLAIRE FULLER

‘A remarkably assured, moving, melancholy and funny debut’ JOHN BANVILLE


Boy-made-good 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.

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 a strange 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.

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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
10 best new novelists for 2024, Observer
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