Three Rooms DAMAGED
by Jo Hamya
From a major new voice in fiction, an incisive and urgent debut about privilege, race, belonging and what it takes to call a place home in 21st century Britain
'Cool, sharp and perceptive.' Stylist
'I was bowled over by this barbed, supple book...spiky, unsettling.' OLIVIA LAING
What is the true cost of living as a young person in 21st-century England?
It's autumn 2018 and a young woman moves into a rented room in university accommodation, ready to begin a job as a research assistant at Oxford. Here, living and working in the spaces that have birthed the country's leaders, she is both outsider and insider, and she can't shake the feeling that real life is happening elsewhere.
Eight months later she finds herself in London. She's landed a temp contract at a society magazine and is paying £80 a week to sleep on a stranger's sofa. Summer rolls on and England roils with questions around its domestic civil rights: Brexit, Grenfell, climate change, homelessness. Meanwhile, tensions with her flatmate escalate, she is overworked and underpaid, and the prospects of a permanent job seem increasingly unlikely, until finally she has to ask herself: what is this all for?
Incisive, original and brilliantly observed, Three Rooms is the story of a search for a home and for a self. Driven by despair and optimism in equal measure, the novel poignantly explores politics, race and belonging.
Page Count: 208 Pages
Imprint: Jonathan Cape
Published: Sept 2021