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A Cupboard Full of Coats

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

Yvvette Edwards

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize
Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

‘He just knocked, that was all, knocked at the front door and waited, like the fourteen years since the night I’d killed my mother hadn’t happened at all…’

Crushed by an impossible shame, Jinx’s life has been little more than a shell. Now estranged from her husband, she is even relieved when he leaves and takes her young son with him.

But a visit from an old friend of her mother’s forces Jinx to confront her history. Looking back plunges her once more into the pain of the past, but it also brings with it the possibility of redemption. And Jinx isn’t the only one with secrets. Together, she and Lemon will unravel an unforgettable family drama, stoked with violence and passion.

Rich with voices from East London and the West Indies, Edwards’s narrative is delivered with a unique and uncompromising bite that announces a new talent in British fiction.

  • Publication date: September 21, 2011
  • ISBN: 9781851688388
  • RRP: £8.99
  • Pages: 308
  • Publication date: April 1, 2011
  • ISBN: 9781851687626
  • RRP: £4.99
  • Pages: 288


'A Cupboard Full of Coats is high drama, full of breathtaking tension, and, at times, brought to mind the works of Arthur Miller and August Wilson, both of whom knew a thing or two about secrets spilled across a kitchen table.'

Attica Locke, author of Black Water Rising

'A gut-wrenching and gorgeously lyrical debut... Engrossing and human to the core, Edwards's novel wrings the heart in the most tender of ways.'

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

'A novel that pulses with rhythm, texture, language, and a story that keeps you locked to its pages. Brutally honest, expertly woven, and utterly mesmerizing. I loved this book.'

Naseem Rakha, author of the international bestseller The Crying Tree

'One to watch.'

Daily Mail

'Deeply moving, wonderfully written... A study of grief and remorse.'

The Times

'In this potent mystery... Edwards makes us greedy for the full story.' 

New York Times

'A piercing and engaging narrative that navigates through past and present heartache with tenderness and candor. This promising new author twists and turns words with skill reminiscent of Toni Morrison and Barbara Kingsolver, who similarly explore hidden and revealed secrets.'


'A slow-burning heartbreaker of a story. . . [written] with elegant restraint and a sensitivity uncommon in debut novels.'

Shelf Awareness

Yvvette Edwards

Yvvette Edwards was brought up in Hackney and is of Montserratian-British origin. She works for the Housing Benefits office and lives with her family in London.

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