We’re thrilled to be wishing Ashley Hickson-Lovence a very happy publication day. His debut novel, The 392 is out today from Own It!
Set entirely on a London bus travelling from Hoxton to Highbury and taking place over just 36 minutes, the events of The 392 unfold through a cast of charismatic characters coming from very different worlds, but tied together through a shared suspicion as the threat of terrorism looms.
On the 392 are all the familiar faces you might expect to see on any bus ride through inner-city London in the grips of gentrification: delinquent school kids, the high-flyers, the weird, the wonderful and the homeless. The 392 is primarily about uncovering the passengers’ hidden stories; agendas and ambitions. Switching between the different perspectives – told using first person – powerfully places the reader in the shoes of each character as they observe and make their way to work, school or court.
The 392 is a journey through gentrified London and the experiences and feelings that gentrification creates along the way, but ultimately, it’s the story of people, places and perceptions. The roads are real; the locations mentioned are actual local landmarks and the position of bus stops are based on the real route giving the world of the fictional The 392 a brilliantly authentic feel.
Makes sure you order a copy today. Congratulations Ashley!
Praise for The 392
‘Ashley Hickson-Lovence is an immensely talented new author with a particularly acute ear for the poetry of everyday speech. In The 392 he has gifted us an inventive, witty, exciting portrait of London life; full of finely observed detail and cracking with incisive satire. I loved it!’ - Michael Donkor
‘The 392 is an ode to the lived-in layers and multiplicities of London, through a chorus of voices that thrums with vivid detail.’ - Sharlene Teo
‘Move right down inside Ashley Hickson-Lovence’s wonderfully warm and vivid debut, and prepare to meet a diverse and very memorable cast of characters, all lovingly captured on journey’s of their own.’ - Tony White
‘From Ashley Hickson-Lovence’s startlingly sharp characterisation to his exploration of human nature and the spectrum it spans, The 392 is completely, overwhelmingly in a league of its own.’ - Candice Carty-Williams
‘I loved it! So clever and absorbing. I turned the pages feeling increasingly nervous something bad was going to happen to the characters I was falling for.’ - Cathy Rentzenbrink