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Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

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  • Women's Prize for Fiction 2020

By Candice Carty-Williams

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Queenie Jenkins can’t cut a break.

Well, apart from the one from her long term boyfriend, Tom.

That’s definitely just a break though. Definitely not a break up. Then there’s her boss who doesn’t seem to see her and her Caribbean family who don’t seem to listen (if it’s not Jesus or water rates, they’re not interested).

She’s trying to fit in two worlds that don’t really understand her.

It’s no wonder she’s struggling. She was named to be queen of everything. So why is she finding it so hard to rule her own life?A darkly comic and bitingly subversive take on life, love, race and family, QUEENIE will have you nodding in recognition, crying in solidarity, and rooting for this unforgettable character every step of the way. Perfect for fans of Dolly Alderton, Elizabeth Day, Sally Rooney and Diana Evans, and anyone who loved Fleabag.


04 Oct 2022

Queenie was a good book, set in places familiar to me. The grandparents reminded me of mine (the cleanliness, being proper, turning off the WiFi at night!) Fab!

16 Dec 2019


It started off quite light with a sarcastic, biting sort of humour but just kept getting deeper and darker. I found the writing style easy to read but the subject matter was, at times, quite difficult. Overall I found it a good read that gave me lots to think about

08 Jun 2019

I loved this book. It's honest, tender, funny and makes you think about the status quo.

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