Author of The Mermaid of Black Conch, Rathbone Folio Prize 2021 longlisted, Winner of the Costa Best Novel Award 2020 & Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2020
The City of Silk is restless, its people suffering in the grip of corruption. Then, one hot July evening, The Leader gathers his followers, a brotherhood of half-trained men and boys, and storms the House of Power. Together they intend to take back what they believe is rightfully theirs.
Caught up in the mayhem is quiet, scholarly Ashes. He had been inspired by The Leader's charisma, but now that words have turned to action he's not so sure about this insurrection.
And trapped with the rebel boy soldiers is government minister Aspasia Garland. The mother of a son the same age as the teenage gunmen, she sees much of her child in these boys with guns.
As the siege continues, the city holds its breath. For what happens over the next six days will change the small island's future forever…
Praise for House of Ashes:
'The kind of Caribbean fiction Gabriel Garcia Marquez once wrote about - a vividness of imagination which is at once so terrible, so beautiful and so compelling that it shows you exactly how things are' Kei Miller
'Roffey's writing is raw and visceral and she thrusts her readers headlong into the middle of the action, her pen as powerful as the butts of guns shoved in her hostages' backs' Observer
'Goes to the heart of questions of political temptation and folly; it grips from beginning to end' Sunday Telegraph
'Gripping' The Times
‘Monique Roffey is a unique talent and most daring and versatile of writers' Bernardine Evaristo