Jubilee (Paperback)Shelley Harris (author)
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One day can change your life...
It's 1977, the day of the Queen's Silver Jubilee, when a photographer captures a moment forever: a festive street party with bunting and Union Jacks fluttering in the breeze and, right in the centre of the frame, a small Asian boy staring intensely at the camera. The photo becomes infamous when it is adopted as a symbol of everything that is great and good about Britain, but what is the real story behind it? Relationships between the neighbours on Cherry Gardens are far from easy, and minor frictions threaten to erupt as the street party begins...
Fast forward to the present and that boy, Satish, is now a successful paediatric heart surgeon, saving lives and families every single day. But he's living with a secret - he's addicted to controlled prescription drugs. A message about a proposed reunion of the children in the photograph throws his life into turmoil as he thinks back to Jubilee Day, and the events that changed his life for ever.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 242 g
Dimensions: 197 x 191 x 24 mm
Period detail and sharply observed dialogue contribute to a taut novel with plenty of ethical resonance for contemporary cultural relations -- James Urquhart * FINANCIAL TIMES *
An extremely well-crafted story * INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY *
Satish's experiences are truly anguishing. As you're slowly let into his dreadful secret, it's an arresting read. Unputdownable -- Judy Finnigan * WOMAN'S OWN *
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A clever, topical idea for a novel. Good observations of the 70's era and the community spirit behind Jubilee Day, and also of the interactions and relationships between young children. A great idea to look at... More
excellent first novel from Ms Harris.
well written chraracters relaly draw you into the story making the book a real page turner, the events of Jubilee day do not disapppoint and the present day storyline engages you... More
A coming of age novel telling of the struggle of a young Asian boy growing up in the late seventies along with all the associated prejudices that brings. This book makes for compelling reading.
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