Layla by Nina de la Mer

Pick of the Year - Scottish Book Trust 2014
Book of the Week - Hello! Magazine
Finalist - People's Book Prize for Fiction 2014/2015

Introducing an unforgettable heroine for our times, Nina de la Mer's bold and unflinching novel captures the mood of an urban generation, seduced by celebrity and fuelled by drink, drugs and pornography.

"Gripping and engaging from the first page and cannot be praised too highly: talented writing; brilliant characterisation; a wonderful story of our time." - Bookgroup Info

Paperback: 304 pages
Size: 129mm x 198mm


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Arriving in London, Hayleigh finds work as lap dancer ‘Layla’, intent on earning enough cash to make a fresh start. She has the wit, the looks and skilful moves, exploiting men before they can exploit her. But over the course of a chaotic week she must make the biggest decision of her life and fight for the one thing she truly wants.

This is a brilliant and moving novel, imaginatively powerful and authentically conceived. Thirty years after the resounding success of Jay McInerney’s Bright Lights, Big City, and written in a similarly intense second-person narrative, Layla speaks for a new generation.

"A really compelling read... the style reflected the whirlwind of Hayleigh’s life – fast-paced, constantly moving from one chaotic episode or memory to the next... the emotional and psychological impact of the industry were also painfully evoked... As with real life testimonies, [Layla] acknowledged that women’s feelings about and experiences of lap dancing are often complex and mixed, and a bleak picture emerged more gradually, in a poignant way." - Sarah Mathewson, OBJECT

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Myriad Editions (20 Feb. 2014)
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-908434-29-6
Size: 129mm x 198mm

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