This Lovely City

This Lovely City

Louise Hare

ISBN
9780008334550
Pub date
12/03/2020
Imprint
HQ
Binding
Paperback
Format
A4 153x221mm
Extent
400 pages
Price
£12.99
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Book Overview


THIS LOVELY CITY has been included in the biggest 2020 round-ups:

One of OBSERVER’S 10 best debut novelists of 2020
WOMAN & HOME Best of 2020
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING Best of 2020
EVENING STANDARD Best books of 2020
MAIL ON SUNDAY 2020 Highlights
I Best of 2020

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‘Full of life and love… it made my heart soar, and should be on every Londoner’s shelf’ Stacey Halls, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Familiars

‘I loved, loved, loved it, and desperately wanted things to work out for Lawrie and Evie’ Cathy Rentzenbrink, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Last Act of Love

‘This atmospheric novel is a triumphant debut’ Woman & Home

‘Expect to be obsessed . . . [a book] you need to know about’ Good Housekeeping

‘Hotly tipped debut’ Metro

‘A tale to wring the heart and make the blood boil, swirling with post-war gloom, illuminated by the shining lights of Lawrie and Evie’ Saga

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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.

About the author


Louise Hare is a London-based writer and has an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, University of London. Originally from Warrington, the capital is the inspiration for much of her work, including This Lovely City, which began life after a trip into the deep level shelter below Clapham Common.

Reviews


  • ‘Full of life and love, This Lovely City is a tender, at times heart-breaking depiction of a city at once familiar and unrecognisable. It made my heart soar, and should be on every Londoner’s shelf’ Stacey Halls, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Familiars
  • ‘I loved, loved, loved it, and desperately wanted things to work out for Lawrie and Evie’ Cathy Rentzenbrink, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Last Act of Love
  • ‘Superb… compelling storytelling, beautifully drawn characters and atmosphere that’s deeply immersive’ Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange
  • ‘This Lovely City is a beguiling, atmospheric and important novel, with wonderful, memorable characters and a vital message about love, loyalty and hope’ Caroline Lea, author of The Glass Woman
  • ‘A thought-provoking and imaginative debut that conjures up the experiences of the Windrush generation in post-war London. Heartbreaking but full of hope’ Woman & Home
  • ‘Louise hare writes so effortlessly. It was a joy to read’ Woman’s Weekly
  • ‘Expect to be obsessed . . . [a book] you need to know about’ Good Housekeeping
  • ‘Hotly tipped debut’ Metro
  • ‘A tale to wring the heart and make the blood boil, swirling with post-war gloom, illuminated by the shining lights of Lawrie and Evie’ Saga