‘A symbolic rallying cry for the need for LGBTQ+ teens to have safe spaces of their own’ DAZED BOOKS TO READ IN 2019

‘A singular, poetic book full of anger and longing, defiance and solidarity, wrested from the teeth of these uncertain and cruel times’ COLIN BARRATT

‘Vivid prose reinventing ideas of motherhood, belonging and taking us into the community of drag balls and protest, both personal and political’ JENNI FAGAN

‘Fearless, authentic, vivid – necessary in a world that’s running out of tolerance’ PANOS KARNEZIS

‘A novel of rare intensity and sustained passion, This Brutal House shines a light on lives marginalised and magnificent, and asks the pressing question: what would you do to stand up for your truth?’ STEPHEN KELMAN

‘Tremendously powerful and illuminating. It held me captive in the best way. A clarion call to action from a criminally gifted writer’ IRENOSEN OKOJIE

On the steps of New York’s City Hall, five ageing Mothers sit in silent protest. They are the guardians of the vogue ball community – queer men who opened their hearts and homes to countless lost Children, providing safe spaces for them to explore their true selves.

Through epochs of city nightlife, from draconian to liberal, the Children have been going missing; their absences ignored by the authorities and uninvestigated by the police. In a final act of dissent the Mothers have come to pray: to expose their personal struggle beneath our age of protest, and commemorate their loss until justice is served.

Watching from City Hall’s windows is city clerk, Teddy. Raised by the Mothers, he is now charged with brokering an uneasy truce.

With echoes of James Baldwin, Marilynne Robinson and Rachel Kushner, Niven Govinden asks what happens when a generation remembered for a single, lavish decade has been forced to grow up, and what it means to be a parent in a confused and complex society.

Upcoming events with Niven Govinden

Come along to meet the author of This Brutal House at one of these upcoming events:


Thursday 12th September
Books Upstairs, Dublin


Friday 13th September
The Coast is Queer Festival, Brighton
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Tuesday October 1st 
Kent University Creative Writing with Scarlett Thomas


Saturday 5th October
Cheltenham Festival
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 Thursday 10th October
Durham Festival/Gordon Burn Prize
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Friday 11th October
Desperate Literature, Madrid


Friday 18th October
International Arts Festival, Belfast 
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Saturday 2nd November
Homotopia, Liverpool



Saturday 9th November
Homobloc, Manchester


Tuesday 19th November
Syracuse University, London




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