• The Bricks That Built the Houses

  • By: Kate Tempest
  • Narrated by: Kate Tempest
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-18-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Sunday Times best seller.
Award-winning poet and rapper Kate Tempest's electrifying debut novel takes us into the beating heart of the capital in this multigenerational tale of drugs, desire and belonging.
It gets into your bones. You don't even realise it until you're driving through it, watching all the things you've always known and leaving them behind.
Young Londoners Becky, Harry and Leon are leaving town in a fourth-hand Ford Cortina with a suitcase full of money. They are running from jealous boyfriends, dead-end jobs, violent maniacs and disgruntled drug dealers, in the hope of escaping the restless tedium of life in Southeast London - the place they have always called home.
As the story moves back in time, to before they had to leave, we see them torn between confidence and self-loathing, between loneliness and desire, between desperate ambition and the terrifying prospect of getting nothing done.
In The Bricks That Built the Houses, Kate Tempest explores contemporary city life with a powerful moral microscope, giving us irresistible stories of hidden lives and showing us how the best intentions don't always lead to the right decisions.
Cover designed by Greg Heinimann.
©2016 Kate Tempest (P)2017 Audible, Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"One of the leading wordsmiths of our time. She turns her raw, observational skills in book form to the urban young growing up poor - sex, drugs and increasing poverty amid the looming threat of gentrification." (Jon Snow)
"This is a bold, bright, beguiling novel; a lustrous pageant that dazzles and grips. An irresistible, immersive snapshot of a changing world, delivered in woozy, staccato sentences. There's great pleasure to be taken from Tempest's debut. She may well be unstoppable." ( Sunday Telegraph)
"It's hard not to be blown away by Kate Tempest. A stirring, post-Dickensian lens trained on London's lonely underbelly." ( Evening Standard)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 10-03-17

Beautifully written but disappointing narration

The narrator's accent was grating and distracting. Once you get past the accent the story is beautifully told though. Wonderfully descriptive text.

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5 out of 5 stars
By papapownall on 05-11-18

A grimey tale of south London bought to life

I really like Kate Tempest and it was great to hear her narrate this book herself. Her delivery is rhythmic and direct and the storyline pulls no punches in its description of south Londoners in their struggles through life in a similar vein to her Let Them Eat Chaos work. Kate is fantastic at building complex characters that are realistic and believable and her word play is incredibly detailed and compelling. The rounded vowels of her south London dialect provide authenticity which I cannot imagine for someone reading this story themselves.

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2 out of 5 stars
By D. J. Burnham on 05-02-18

Dull & Dreary tale of life in South London

I really struggled to get to the end of this listen and having got there I wonder why I bothered.
Unless you like grim humourless South London grime, drugs and misery I'd give this one a miss.

[spoiler sorry - not all that much story anyway]
There's a hook at the start - with a group of friends running away from South London.
Then there's about 10 chapters of boring back story
A bit of excitement in a small time drug dealing exchange going wrong
There's a showdown in a pub where the 2 strands of the story come together and explains why the friends are on the run. Then a final resolution of sorts.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 05-02-18


Kate perfectly captures people, motivations, emotions, mood, London. She kept me enthralled, sad to finish

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5 out of 5 stars
By Alana Picone on 04-03-18

love it!!!!!

honest, raw, punchy and real. I receive so much from your writing, thanks Kate Tempest. big big fan.

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