Twelve Bar Blues...
Twelve Bar Blues by DJ Patrick Neate has won the Best Novel award in the Whitbread Book Prize. This is only his second book.
What the Guardian says
"A genre-crossing peach of a fiction that neatly intertwines raucous tales of post-colonial Africa with lives of turn of the century American prostitutes and jazz musicians."
What the judges say
"A sprawling and unusual extravaganza of a novel. The ranginess of the story mirrors the arbitrariness of life, while the electrifying prose brings to life characters whose experiences span one century, several cultures and many colours. Patrick Neate sets a high standard for modern fiction."
What I say