• Imprint: Telegram
  • ISBN: 9781846591570
  • eISBN: 9781846591587
  • Published: January 2013
  • UK Price: £7.99
  • Format: 129 x 198 mm (B-format)
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Extent: 272pp
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The Gospel According to Cane

Courttia Newland

Beverley Cottrell had a dream life: a prestigious job, a beautiful husband and new baby boy. But then, one winter afternoon, when her son was barely a few weeks old, Malakay was kidnapped from a parked car. Despite a media campaign, a full police investigation and the offer of a reward, he was never found.

Two decades later, Beverley believes that she has finally pieced her life together — until a young man starts appearing wherever she goes. One dark evening the stalker gets past her security door and calls through her letterbox. He tells her not to be scared. He tells her that he is Malakay, her son.

About the Author

Courttia Newland is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter. Critically acclaimed novels include Snakeskin, The Dying Wish and The Scholar. He is the co-editor of IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain and The Global Village (with Monique Roffey). Newland was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Alfred Fagon Award and the Frank O' Connor Award. He lives in London.


'The Gospel According to Cane is a gripping tale of loss, despair, and hope of redemption. Courttia Newland continues to consolidate his reputation as a writer of depth and range.' Linton Kwesi Johnson, author of Mi Revalueshanary Fren

'A coming-of-middle-age novel, but one seasoned with style and sophistication.' Bernadine Evaristo, Guardian

'This is an emotional novel; warm, prickly, tense, full of love, resentment and fear ... You certainly don't want to stop reading.' Brandon Robshaw, Independent

'The abduction of a child would devastate any family. But what if that child returned, many years later, a young man and a stranger? Could that be even worse? The Gospel According to Cane is a gripping novel that's rich with both grief and great love. Courttia Newland is a fierce talent.' Victor LaValle, author of Big Machine

'A thrilling read, full of psychological tension and drama, the emotive account of one woman's response to tragedy. Newland depicts his young characters humanely, compassionately. A stylish, confident novel.'
Yvette Edwards, author of A Cupboard Full of Coats

'A memorable and moving novel ... At the heart of his unflinching new novel is a profound examination of the causes and effects of pain.'
Anita Sethi, Independent

'Courttia Newland blazes a literary path difficult to challenge, with a style so crisp, searing, and profoundly philosophical. His Gospel According to Cane is grippingly disturbing, pulled from the depth of human despair and sheer madness'
The Jamaica Gleaner