Queenie has all the things you want in a debut novel - a startlingly fresh voice, characters you fall in love with from the very first page, and a joyous turn of phrase that makes this book almost impossible to put down. In turns hilariously funny and quietly devastating, Queenie is an important, timely story.
Candice Carty-Williams is a fantastic new writer who has written a deliciously funny, characterful, topical and thrilling novel for our times.
Brilliant, timely, funny, heartbreaking
Funny, wise and of the moment, this book and this writer are the ones to watch
Queenie is the sort of novel you just can't stop talking about and want everyone you know to read. Snort your tea out funny one moment and utterly heart-breaking the next ... I absolutely loved it
Hilarious and off the wall and tender
Candice gives so generously with her joy, pain and humour ... a beautiful and compelling book
I ate this up in one greedy, joyous gulp. I loved Queenie and was cheering her on all the way
I was engrossed and loved Queenie - her humour, her pain, her politics, her friends, her family!
A really special book with much to say about black female identity, sexual politics, group chats & emotional becoming in a way that feels totally unforced. Filthy, funny & profound
Queenie is the best mate we all want - funny, sharp and more than a little vulnerable. I loved climbing inside her mind and wish I could have stayed longer. I adored this novel
One of the buzziest debuts of 2019
perfect for anyone who loved Fleabag
This year welcomes Candice Carty-Williams to the literary scene. In 2016, best-selling author Jojo Moyes offered the use of her rural cottage to a wannabe novelist trying to finish a book; she selected Candice from more than 600 applicants.
Candice Carty Williams is my new favourite writer and she will be yours, too...I needed this book in my early twenties. I have never felt so seen in fiction. My heart is full.
I enjoyed Queenie a lot; sharp, relatable, and incredibly evocative
This smart, funny, and tender debut embraces a modern woman's messiness.
A black Bridget Jones, perfectly of the moment.
Adorable, funny, heartbreaking
Queenie is a masterclass in how to write accessible political fiction about race and gender. Funny, relatable, sad, and hopeful; Candice Carty-Williams is a writer to watch.
Hilarious, compelling, painful, enlightening, honest. I loved it.
Original, heart-breaking, funny and clever
Incredibly funny, this is the book that everyone will be talking about.
This debut is original, heart-breaking, funny and clever, and also carries many important messages... [this] book blew my mind in all the best ways. I'm still rooting for Queenie long after turning the final page.
We are irresistibly drawn into Queenie's world by a romcom which is wry and often hilarious.
A candid and funny, no-holds-barred exploration of a young black Woman's life... Carty- Williams is a talented writer with a fresh perspective that the publishing industry desperately needs. Joyous, memorable and necessary.
This is an important, timely and disarming novel, thirst-quenching and long overdue: one that will be treasured by "any type of black girl" and hordes of other readers besides.
A blistering blend of funny, filthy, frank and dark, this is the mark of a true voice at work.
A delight from start to finish... a little bit of Fleabag but less double-barrelled and more relatable
[A] smart and breezy comic debut
Honest and heartfelt
Smart, thoughtful and funny
We are irresistibly drawn into Queenie's world by this fresh romcom which is wry and often hilarious, even when it goes to some dark places.
Filled with raw emotion tempered with wry humour, this debut is bitter-sweet.
This topical, timely debut's bracing frankness has a blazing purpose... vital and often funny
This is a funny, clever, heartbreaking lightning bolt of a first novel, by a writer bristling with talent.
The plot spoke to my soul...Queenie's journey as a millennial is relatable on so many levels. I'm so besotted with [Queenie] that I'm heavily delaying finding out how this enchanting tale ends. It'll be a bittersweet day when it finally arrives.
This is an amazing novel about what it means to be a black girl whose world is falling apart and needs to find the strength to put it back together