This lovely city.
Publication year: 2021
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: London : Mira, 2021.
ISBN: 9780008332600 (pbk.) : 8.99
Originally published: London: HQ, 2020.
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.
No. of reservations: 2
Loved it. It's about a group of young men who came here on the Empire Windrush; the prejudice they faced; the mistakes and friendships they made; and what they learned in this strange, battered and cold country. It is handled very well without any self-indulgence, just great story-telling.
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