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This Lovely City by Louise Hare

Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: HQ Stories
Rating: 4/5

About The Book

London, 1950. With the Blitz over and London still rebuilding after the war, jazz musician Lawrie Matthews has answered England’s call for help. Arriving from Jamaica aboard 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, while crossing a misty common, 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, London’s newest arrivals become the prime suspects in a tragedy which threatens to tear the city apart. Immersive, poignant, and utterly compelling, Louise Hare’s debut examines the complexities of love and belonging, and teaches us that even in the face of anger and fear, there is always hope.

My Thoughts

This is a historical mystery book based in the London after war, a poor city where the Jamaican came to “help” and were turned down for their colour.
This is an emotive and interesting story, while we have the music surrounding the story we will meet the jazz musician Lawrie Matthews. In addition of being an amazing human being, he will show his view of the white society and how they treat the people that has arrived to answer a plea to help Britain; they are however dismissed for their skin colour.
I am sure you’ll be wondering what type of “mystery” is hidden in the plot, a baby is found dead, a black baby, with a blanket surrounding it. The police will start questioning everyone and suspicion will start arising everywhere…
This had been a poignant and difficult read, seeing how disgraceful and horrible we are as white people; how someone could have less privileges simply for their skin colour? No work, always guilty… I was ashamed reading this book about how the British society acted against a community only for the colour of their skin. I’ve read a lot about it in America, but I didn’t know that there was this type of situations in Europe too. But I suppose that if you can see this type of hate now, it had to be much worst in the past.
I was lucky to enjoy this book as an audio book, the narrators were great making the listener being part of the story and felt the bitterness, happiness and sadness on the readers skin all the time. Really, if you can choose, I would recommend you to listen this story instead of reading the book!

About The Author

Louise Hare recently completed the MA Creative Writing at Birkbeck. Her debut novel ‘This Lovely City’ was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Prize for Fiction 2017 and will be published by HQ in March 2020. Her short story ‘Panopticon’ was written on the MA and has been published in ‘The Good Journal.’