The drinks are flowing.
The music is playing.
But the party can’t last.
With the Blitz over and London reeling from war, jazz musician Lawrie Matthews has answered England’s call for help. Fresh off the Empire Windrush, he’s taken a tiny room in south London lodgings, and has fallen in love with the girl next door.
Touring Soho’s music halls by night, pacing the streets as a postman by day, Lawrie has poured his heart into his new home – and it’s alive with possibility. Until, one morning, he makes a terrible discovery.
As the local community rallies, fingers of blame are pointed at those who had recently been welcomed with open arms.
And, before long, the newest arrivals become the prime suspects in a tragedy which threatens to tear the city apart.
Atmospheric, poignant and compelling, Louise Hare’s debut shows that new arrivals have always been the prime suspects. But, also, that there is always hope.
A Stunningly Beautiful Debut!
Have you ever wondered what it was like for the Windrush generation when they travelled to Britain? Then this is where you can find out!
Lawrie and his friend Aston have answered the Commonwealth call to make a new life in Britain following the end of World War Two. Finally securing a job as a postman, Lawrie spends his spare time playing in a band to earn extra money and life is looking up, especially when he meets Evie. But then Lawrie tries to help a local woman in distress, and the repercussions are frightening, unearthing secrets and spreading discontent far and wide.
This is a stunningly beautiful read, especially for a debut author. Well written with a smoothly flowing narrative, this one provides plenty of food for thought. It is bursting with life and, as far as I know, is scarily realistic. I was shocked at times, smiling at others and quite in awe most of the time. Whatever you think of it, this is not a novel you will forget easily and I recommend that you give it a try; a fine tale with wonderful characters and plenty of revelations along the way. By no means a straightforward read, this will keep you on your toes to the very end! I closed the book with a sigh of satisfaction. and will definitely be on the lookout for more from Louise Hare in future. I’m very happy to give This Lovely City 4.5*.
My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: literary fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover, audiobook
- Size: 394 pages
- Publisher: HQ
- Publication Date: 12 March 2020
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Louise Hare is a London based author. Her debut novel This Lovely City is due to be published by HQ (Harper Collins) on March 12th 2020 and House of Anansi (N. America) on April 7th 2020. She has an MA in Creative Writing (Distinction) from Birkbeck, University of London.