'Pure, sensuous enjoyment' The Times The stories collected in What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours are linked by more than the exquisitely winding prose of their creator: Helen Oyeyemi's ensemble cast of characters slip from the pages of their own stories only to surface in ather. The reader is invited into a world of lost libraries and locked gardens, of marshlands where the drowned dead live and a city where all the clocks have stopped; students hone their skills at puppet school, the Homely Wench Society commits a guerrilla book-swap, and lovers exchange books and roses on St Jordi's Day. It is a collection of towering imagination, marked by baroque beauty and a deep sensuousness.
Helen Oyeyemi is the author of several highly acclaimed novels, including White is for Witching (which won a Somerset Maugham Award), Mr Fox and Boy, Snow, Bird. Helen has been included in Granta's Best Young British Novelists.