In the middle of the bustle of London's Soho, among the theaters and sex shops and pubs, there sits a building. It isn't particularly assuming, but its location is prime, and Agatha Howard, a young millionaire...Read More
In the middle of the bustle of London's Soho, among the theaters and sex shops and pubs, there sits a building. It isn't particularly assuming, but its location is prime, and Agatha Howard, a young millionaire with a fortune of mysterious provenance, has decided it's the perfect spot to build condos. First, though, she has to kick out all the tenants. And Precious and Tabitha, two of the women who live and work in a brothel housed in the building, are determined not to go quietly.
A colorful assortment of other characters also find themselves caught up in the fate of this property: Robert, a one-time member of a far-right group and enforcer for Agatha's father; Bastian, a rich and dissatisfied party boy who pines for an ex-girlfriend; Jackie, a policewoman intent on making London a safer place for all women; and Cheryl, one of the many homeless people who occupy the building's basement. As their lives converge, surprising hidden connections emerge, shadowy pasts are uncovered, and the fight over the property boils over into a hot stew.
Entertaining, sharply funny, and dazzlingly accomplished, Hot Stew confronts questions about wealth and inheritance, gender and power, and the things women must do to survive in an unjust world.
Fiona Mozley was born in East London and raised in York, in the North of England. She studied history at Cambridge and then lived in Buenos Aires and London, working at a literary agency and at a travel center. Her first novel, Elmet, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2017. She lives in Edinburgh with her partner and their dog. Mozley's second novel, Hot Stew, is available now.
"Stunningly clever . . . Mozley's vision of London, simultaneously ancient and deeply modern, is layered with mystery and packed with humanity." - Mary Sollosi, Entertainment Weekly
"Thrilling . . . [Hot Stew] is so precise and granular in its evocation of London that it made me thoroughly homesick while reading it. And Mozley is very good on the degree to which circumstance shapes interior life." - Emma Brockes, The New York Times Book Review
"With masterful prose, through over a half-dozen point-of-view characters, [Mozley] tells a story about money and power, love and art, sex work and gentrification--and those are just some of the proteins in this complex stew . . . Mozley writes convincingly about class and gender dynamics . . . Enjoyable and impressive on every page. Mozley brings Soho to clanging life." - Steph Cha, USA Today
"Mozely returns with her sophomore effort in Hot Stew, a sprawling, ambitious work of social realism about Londoners whose messy lives converge in the city's storied neighborhood of Soho." - Adrienne Westenfeld, Esquire
"Hot Stew is expansive and ribald . . . It's ambitious, clever, brilliant and very funny. If Elmet announced the arrival of a bright new voice in British literature, Hot Stew confirms Mozley as a writer of extraordinary empathic gifts." - Alex Preston, The Observer (UK)
"A dazzling Dickensian tale . . . [Mozley] has reinvigorated large-scale social realism for our times." - The Guardian (UK)
"Fiona Mozley's hypnotic debut, Elmet, was a standout novel of 2018. Her much-anticipated follow-up takes place in London's Soho, where a young millionaire intent on converting an old building into luxury condos finds out the hard way that its tenants--specifically two sex workers whose brothel is based in the building--won't leave without a fight." - BuzzFeed
"This lively story of class conflict in contemporary London offers more evidence of Mozley's talent and versatility, marking her as a writer whose work promises both thoughtful entertainment and surprises . . . Mozley brings her diverse settings to life, as well as the clashing desires and ambitions of her colorful characters . . . Mozley consistently stirs in tasty ingredients and exciting spices, and keeps raising the temperature all the way to its startling climax." - BookPage
"Compelling, compassionate . . . Mozley's character sketches are delightful and engaging: detailed, complicated, flawed and beautiful . . . An absorbing story of connections and change." - Shelf Awareness
"Riveting . . . A story chronicling the lives of residents in a Soho brothel as they fight back against London's gentrification." - Refinery29
"Before the action even starts, Booker Prize finalist Mozley fills the place with so much gritty, fascinating character that you'll want to move in." - Jim Kiest, San Antonio Express-News
"Set in present-day London, Mozley's anticipated follow-up to Elmet--her Booker Prize shortlisted debut--follows the struggle between the haves and the have-nots over a building. Mozley's newest novel explores themes like wealth, gentrification, power, and gender dynamics." - The Millions
"[An] absurdly good read . . . A rollicking tale of . . . property and posterity." - The Guardian (UK)
"A fantastical novel about the city's messy, mutable nature . . . Mozley's writing often takes on a lyrical, almost fairytale quality." - Financial Times (UK)
"A passionate and bruising take on the side effects of an increasingly unequal world, in which the rich and the poor function on alarmingly separate if parallel planes." - Booklist
"Mozley leaves the Yorkshire countryside of her Booker-shortlisted Elmet for the gritty streets of London in this lively contemporary Dickensian outing set in a Soho brothel... Mozley's ambition and vision make this a worthy effort." - Publishers Weekly
"[A] loose, witty, soapy story... An empathetic vision of place and people." - Kirkus Reviews
"Deftly exploring a very real clash of cultures, this is a funny and smart book." - The Stylist