We’re delighted to be on the HQ tour today sharing Laura’s thoughts for debut This Lovely City by Louise Hare.
This Lovely City by Louise Hare is published by HQ and is available to purchase in digital, hardcover and audiobook formats. The paperback publishes 3rd September 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.
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 Lovely City is an historical murder mystery set between 1948 and 1950. As the population needed rebuilding after the war, Jamaican men were offered to start a new life. However they soon found that racial hatred was present. These men were often considered guilty due to the colour of their skin, even by people of authority. The author explores racial hatred throughout this book, during the murder investigation.
Lawrie after a few years of living in Britain discovers a murder scene but finds himself on the suspect list. Working as a postman we discover since his time in Britain he has struggled to find work. He meets Evie and they begin a relationship however both have their own secrets.
It was easy to feel for Evie and Lawrie as they are wonderful characters.
Louise Hare has captured post war Britain incredibly well. She shares vivid descriptions of London including the streets, homes, parks and music halls. I enjoyed the atmosphere created by these wonderful descriptions.
I loved this book, great for fans of romance and historical fiction.
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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. Twitter @LouRHare