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When I Hit You

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Meena Kandasamy

When I Hit You shortlisted for 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction!


We’re thrilled to announce that Meena Kandasamy’s brilliant novel When I Hit You has been shortlisted for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction! The winner will be announced June 6th.

Seduced by politics, poetry and an enduring dream of building a better world together, the unnamed narrator of When I Hit You falls in love with a university professor. Moving with him to a rain-washed coastal town, she swiftly learns that what for her is a bond of love is for him a contract of ownership. As he sets about reducing her to his idealised version of an obedient wife, bullying her and devouring her ambition of being a writer in the process, she attempts to push back – a resistance he resolves to break with violence and rape.

When I Hit You was also long-listed for the 2018 Dylan Thomas Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2018 Jhalak Prize. It was chosen as a ‘Best Book of 2017’ by The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Observer, and Financial Times.