The Hope and Anchor

When a vulnerable young woman goes missing, her girlfriend discovers how little she knows of life, love, and London.

Two crucial parts of Neely Sharpe’s life are missing: her once-great potential and her girlfriend, Angela. As the crucial days of Angela’s disappearance pass, Neely excavates Angela’s secrets, and scours the city as the two women’s networks of friends, family, and old adversaries intertwine. In order to find any answers, Neely risks losing all the illusions she so carefully cultivated about what her life should be – but for the generation that was promised so much, one thing is certain: there is nothing worse than being a nobody. 

The Hope and Anchor captures the dreams London embodies for its natives and newcomers alike, and what happens when the dreamers finally have to wake up.

About the author

Julia Kite lives in Manhattan, and calls New York City and London home. The Hope and Anchor is her first novel, a work of fiction about a very real place she holds dear. She can be found on Twitter @juliakite, and her Facebook author page is at JuliaKiteWriter.

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Why We Like It

  • A beautifully woven tale of life and love in the 21st century
  • Powerful reflections on London's network of complex communities
  • An impressive debut from an author to watch

Julia Kite lives in Manhattan, and calls New York City and London home. She is a graduate of Columbia University and the London School of Economics. Obsessed with cities and the people in them, she started her career researching housing and urban regeneration, and she now directs policy and research for a transportation improvement organisation. Before she began working to make New York City’s streets better for cyclists, she was taking long rides along the Grand Union Canal in West London. She is a member of the Columbia Fiction Foundry, an alumna of quiz shows The Chase and Jeopardy, an urban wildlife rehabilitator, a keen amateur baker, and the owner of an opinionated parrot. The Hope and Anchor is her first novel, a work of fiction about a very real place she holds dear.

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