Natasha Brown’s Assembly published in the UK to rave reviews

Natasha Brown

We are delighted to see the critical success of Natasha Brown’s debut novel Assembly in the UK.

Writing in the Guardian, Sara Collins praised it for its mastery of language:

Assembly is the kind of novel we might have got if Woolf had collaborated with Fanon, except that I don’t think either ever reined in their sentences the way Brown does here, atomising language as well as thought… Brown nudges us, with this merging of form and content, towards an expression of the inexpressible – towards feeling rather than thought, as if we are navigating the collapsing boundaries between the narrator’s consciousness and our own.”

A rave review in the Independent said:

“It more than lives up to the hype. Propulsive, devastating, unflinching and deft… This is a heartbreaking novel that offers glimmers of hope with its bold vision for new modes of storytelling… Brown’s voice is entirely her own – and Assembly is a wry, explosive debut from a coruscating new talent.”

In the Daily Telegraph, it was noted that Assembly “is written with elegant modernist slipperiness. Scenes dissolve; sentences relax and unspool…Across 100 lean pages, Brown deftly handles a gigantic literary heritage…her style rivals the best contemporary modernists, like Eimear McBride and Rachel Cusk; innocuous or obscure on first reading, punching on a second”.

Literary Review described Assembly as, “An incisive examination of how racism is rooted in our very language. Structurally, Assembly is a series of jagged-edge shards that when accumulated form an unhappy mirror in which modern Britain might examine itself’ and the reviewer celebrates the author’s ‘sparse, illuminating prose”.