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Hot Stew
Hot Stew | Fiona Mozley
FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST ELMET Named One of the Most-Anticipated Books of 2021 by: The Millions, BuzzFeed, The Stylist, The Guardian, and more Brilliant young British writer Fiona Mozley turns her keen eye from the gothic woods of Yorkshire to the streets and pubs and cafs of contemporary London in this much-anticipated follow-up to her debut novel, Elmet. In the middle of the bustle of Soho sits a building. It isnt particularly assuming. But its a prime piece of real estate, and a young millionaire, Agatha Howard, wants to convert it into luxury condos as soon as she can kick out all the tenants. The problem is, the building in question houses a brothel, and Precious and Tabitha, two of the women who live and work there, are not going to go quietly. And another problem is, just where did Agathas fortune come from? The fight over this piece of property also draws in the men who visit, including Robert, a one-time member of a far-right group and enforcer for Agathas father; Jackie, a policewoman intent on making London a safer place for all women; Bastian, a rich and dissatisfied party boy who pines for an ex-girlfriend; and a collection of vagabonds and strays who occupy the basement. As these characterswith surprising hidden connections and shadowy pastsconverge, 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.
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Kazzie
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I liked this book a lot. Necessary to normalize sex work, and the people and places where sex happens. A line I liked: people have sex for thousands of reasons, we have sex for money.

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Rhondareads
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A new book by the Booker Prize nominated author of Elmet.Hot Stew is set in modern day London looking forward to reading it.📚😀

Megabooks I enjoyed this! 6mo
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DivineDiana
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The characters in this book are downtrodden, unhappy, and involved for the most part in living a sordid life. The setting is London, albeit predominantly at seedy bars, a brothel and the street. This was not my cup of tea. I did discover that the protest by the residents of a brothel was inspired by fact. A plus is there are some strong female characters. The book cover was captivating, and I enjoyed finding numerous references to swans and stew!

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DivineDiana
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New Libby E-book. #blameitonlitsy

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elisebarker
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Mehso-so

Another so-so. I feel like there was a lot of underlying themes and motifs I was supposed to pick up on but I just didn‘t 🤷‍♀️

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TrishB
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#kindledailydeal
I did get this one this morning though 👍🏻

JillR I enjoyed Elmet, look forward to hearing if you enjoy this one 1y
Megabooks Enjoy!! I think you‘ll like it. 👍🏻 1y
TrishB @JillR I still have Elmet to read! Nice reminder 😁 1y
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TrishB @Megabooks I liked your review 👍🏻 always good to know who enjoyed it! 1y
Cinfhen It‘s GREAT!!!! 1y
Cathythoughts I must try & get it … my kindle is acting up & won‘t buy books for awhile now 🙄🤔😡 1y
Tamra You‘ve reminded me to finally get to Elmet! I‘m looking forward to your review of this new book. 1y
TrishB @Cinfhen cool 👍🏻 1y
TrishB @Cathythoughts I had a period like that! Then realised I could still do on a laptop 🤷‍♀️ 1y
TrishB @Tamra I also need to get to Elmet 😁 1y
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Viji
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So far this seems full of quirky characters and may be just what I need right now 🤪

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Megabooks
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I adored the characters in this novel about life in London‘s SoHo. Ostensibly centered around a brothel and the woman seeking to bring it down for financial reasons, but it draws in far more. There‘s organized crime, addiction, homelessness, and queerness. But I‘m making it sound far too serious. Mozley takes a light touch. There was a sense of hope through the narrative that you sometimes don‘t find in literary fiction. An enjoyable read! ⬇️

Megabooks I supplemented with the #audiobook, which is available on #hoopla, but I didn‘t love the narration. 1y
Cinfhen Really??? Hoopla!!?? I may have to endure bad narration 1y
Megabooks @Cinfhen Yup! The narrator was middle of the road for me. Some characters she did well (Russian woman) others she didn‘t (Glaswegian dude). It‘s a great book though! (edited) 1y
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Cinfhen Wow! They had ebook and audio 1y
Megabooks @Cinfhen Cool! Have you checked out the new audible sale yet? (Naughty 😉)

Also, you have been in my thoughts all morning since I got up. I hope you are okay. I‘ll drop you an email after I get back from taking dad to out of town PT. 💜💜
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Cinfhen Thank you my dear friend xxxx I‘m really ok 1y
Megabooks @Cinfhen 🤗😘 1y
Reviewsbylola Just came across this one. Stacking! 1y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola I definitely think you‘ll enjoy it! 1y
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Megabooks
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I‘m really enjoying how the threads of these characters‘ lives are being drawn together. Thank you @KarenUK for putting this on my radar!

KarenUK Oh I‘m so glad you are enjoying it! 💕 1y
Megabooks @KarenUK 😁👍🏻💜 1y
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Megabooks
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TheSpineView 👍💜📚 1y
vivastory I'm looking forward to the tagged book 1y
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Megabooks Me too, @vivastory . It‘s definitely coming up soon. (edited) 1y
Cinfhen Nice 😍 1y
BarbaraBB I don‘t know any of them! 1y
Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks!! 1y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I think Hot Stew is a blame it on @karenuk , but the rest came from Amazon algorithms (which tend to be fairly accurate for me) or Feminist Book Club Box. 👍🏻 1y
BarbaraBB Cool that you trust them and it works out! I never follow those algorithms, maybe I should try once! 1y
smalldogs_bigbooks2419 I‘m so excited to see Being Heumann in this stack! Have you seen Crip Camp? 1y
Megabooks @smalldogs_bigbooks2419 no I haven‘t! This month‘s FBC Box theme was disability rights, and I had already read their main pick so I swapped it out for BH (especially because my mom has polio) and then Invisible for me because I am disabled as well, although less visibly than mom. Crip Camp is a documentary on Netflix?? Is that right? I don‘t often watch Netflix because it crashes my TV, but perhaps I should make an exception. ⬇️ 1y
Megabooks @smalldogs_bigbooks2419 If it‘s not on Netflix, can you tell me where to find it? Thanks! 1y
smalldogs_bigbooks2419 @Megabooks I watched it twice when it first came out on Netflix few few months ago. It should still be there. If not, maybe YouTube or something? 🤷‍♀️ 1y
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Abailliekaras
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A fun read with a melting pot of characters in London‘s Soho. Agatha the heiress is developing the area so seedy apartments are gentrified. We meet the local barflies, sex workers & squatters who object as Agatha‘s lawyers & fixers plan to evict them. The ‘bad‘ landowner & ‘good‘ poor verge on caricatures & plot feels hyper-real, but a compelling view of grungy, historic streets. It would make a great Guy Ritchie movie.

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KarenUK
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4⭐️
Using this for #pop21 #restaurant
This bold novel is big on detail and ideas, the writing is so intricate and vibrant. As we follow a cast of colorful characters in the heart of the SoHo scene of restaurant/bars & brothels (the “stew” of the title), they fight eviction from an ‘evil‘ property developer intent on gentrifying their home turf.
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KarenUK Whilst the observations are often so lovely, I did find the social commentary, and the so obviously black and white nature of the heroes/villains, a bit heavy handed. But I just couldn‘t not love a novel that starts with a snail‘s eye view of local bistro as it makes its escape out the door! 💕🐌🍽 (edited) 1y
Lindy Snail‘s eye view! 😍I‘m sold. 1y
Megabooks I was looking at this one online just yesterday! Still on the fence but glad to see your review. 1y
KarenUK @Lindy it‘s definitely a unique start! 1y
KarenUK @Megabooks Its definitely good but flawed, but I love a book set in London (mg old home town) so I liked being in a familiar place, with some quirky characters. (edited) 1y
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