Gorgeous . . . Textured, beautiful, all-engaging characters, a wonderfully realised setting, glorious prose - To Fill A Yellow House left me all warm with hope. What a debut.
[An] evocative story of community and companionship.
[A] vividly drawn and evocative debut novel.
A timely, unique and moving tale of inner city pressure.
Deeply affecting and sensitively told, with a main character you will fall in love with, break your heart over, and fervently root for all the way to the last page, To Fill A Yellow House is a transporting and beautiful story that will stay with me for a long time. Original and tender, it is an exquisite, absorbing and buoyant story of vulnerability and companionship, the redemptive power of friendship, and the spaces we choose to belong. Sussie Anie is a master storyteller and readers will be thinking about and missing Kwasi long after the last triumphant page!
Anie's skilful debut novel follows the development of an unlikely bond between a shopkeeper and a young boy in a hostile inner-city environment... it rings with such keen and resonant themes... Kwasi's voice is majestically narrated, folding in Anie's authorial drive with his own syncopated artistic sensitivity.
A thought-provoking and stunning debut. Kwasi will break your heart.
A gentle, thoughtful and moving meditation on London and what it means to belong. The characters have really stayed with me.
Stunning . . . a lyrical meditation on city life, creativity and loss, and the hope that can spring from an unlikely friendship.