17 April 2019
It’s been hailed ‘the buzziest debut of the year’ (The Guardian), and 2019’s answer to Fleabag and Bridget Jones. Candice Carty-Williams’ Queenie tells the story of a 25 year-old black woman living in London. She works at a national newspaper and is the first in her Jamaican family to go to university or hold a professional job. Queenie is funny, intelligent, outspoken and apparently confident; she has a loyal group of friends (“the Corgis”) and a busy social life. She is also struggling – she feels neither black enough nor white enough, lonely, and devastated after a break-up from her white boyfriend. She throws herself into online dating, to the initial hilarity and growing concern of her friends. There are hints of a fractured relationship with her mother and a traumatic childhood that threatens to overwhelm her.
In a rare and exclusive London event, Candice will be in conversation about Queenie with June Sarpong on 17 April at the Southbank. Enter our competition below for your chance to win a pair of tickets and signed copies of the hardback (which comes in four colours to choose from):