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TEAM ZOELLA JUNE 8, 2020

May Book Club 2020: This Lovely City by Louise Hare

We’ve just finished reading Louise Hare’s utterly compelling debut novel, This Lovely City for May’s book club.

We’ve just finished reading Louise Hare’s utterly compelling debut novel, This Lovely City for May’s book club.

Set in post-Windrush London, This Lovely City could just as easily have been called This Lonely City as Hare writes a poignant story of young love, shameful prejudice and belonging.

A soaring debut set in the past but with disturbingly accurate contemporary resonance. Let’s find out what the team made of it!

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.

This June we’ll be reading two books, The Switch by Beth O’Leary and Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

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I really love this book recommendation!

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Loved this! thanks for sharing 🙂

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