Jyoti Patel

The Things That We Lost

An Observer Best Debut Novel of 2023

Winner of the #Merky Books New Writers’ Prize

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This is a big book, full of assured and affecting writing.
The Guardian

One of the best books I've read this year.

A delicate and empathic debut.
The Observer

Feted as one of the debut writers of the year.

A thoughtful meditation on family, grief and the lengths we‘ll go to protect the ones we love.
Good Housekeeping

A deftly assured debut novel about a fractured family and how words left unspoken can be more devastating than the truth.
Red Magazine

A deeply reflective, searching depiction of grief.
The Times Literary Supplement

Highly recommended.
Huffington Post

An assured debut from a vital new voice. About family, grief and belonging, Patel weaves an intricate story that will stay with you.
Nikesh Shukla

Immeasurably moving, a poignant and touching story about love and family bonds, and an especially tender portrait of a mother and son.
Huma Qureshi

Candice Brathwaite

Incredibly moving, this is an immersive novel focusing on grief but also love and relationships. I fell in love with Avani and Nik, characters so real I could hardly believe they're fictional. Jyoti Patel is a hugely exciting new writer.
Louise Hare

This is a captivating, deeply moving book written with eloquence and beauty. It left me wanting to read more of Jyoti's words. An exciting new talent.
Mohsin Zaidi

Frank, funny and light on its feet, it's a novel about generations, hopes and grief. A writer with a deft turn of phrase.
Ali Smith

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