The Hand That Feeds You by Mercedes Rosende

We are delighted to reveal that our March Book of the Month is the spirted and hilarious The Hand That Feeds You by Mercedes Rosende.

Welcome to the mean streets of Montevideo, Uruguay, and the tale of a bungled heist told with excoriating humour.

An entertaining and very funny thriller, but also a touching love letter to Montevideo and a tribute to the ingenuity and spirit of an iconic female protagonist.

Read on to find out more about our March Book of the Month, read an exclusive preview, and order your copy of The Hand That Feeds You!

“Fast, slick and acerbically funny: buckle up and enjoy the ride.”
– Guardian

About the book:

The attempted robbery of the armoured car in the back streets of Montevideo is a miserable failure. A lucky break for the intrepid Ursula Lopez who manages to snatch all the loot, more hindered than helped by her faint-hearted and reluctant companion Diego. Only now, the wannabe robbers are hot on her heels. As is the police. And Ursula’s sister.

But Ursula turns out to be enormously talented when it comes to criminal undertakings, and given the hilarious ineptitude of those in pursuit, she might just pull it off. She is an irresistible heroine. A murderess with a sense of humour, a lovable criminal with an edge and she is practically invisible to the men who dominate the deeply macho society of Uruguay.

About the author:

Mercedes Rosende was born in 1958 in Montevideo, Uruguay. She is a lawyer and a journalist when not writing fiction. She has won many prizes for her novels and short stories. In 2005 she won the Premio Municipal de Narrativa für Demasiados Blues, in 2008 the National Literature Prize for La Muerte Tendrá tus Ojos and in 2019 the LiBeraturpreis in Germany for Crocodile Tears.

About the translator:

Tim Gutteridge is a Scottish literary translator based in Edinburgh. He works from Spanish and Catalan into English. His translation of Potosí (Ander Izagirre) won a PEN Translates Award and was published by Zed Books as The Mountain that Eats Men.