Mr Loverman (Paperback)
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Mr Loverman (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 29/08/2013
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Quietly trailblazing in its depiction of homosexuality in Britain’s elder Caribbean community, Evaristo’s sparkling, nuanced novel revolves around Barrington Walker and his struggle to admit his sexuality to his friends and loved ones. Compassionate and vibrant, Mr Loverman sings with humanity and the need to be true to your innermost feelings.

Treat a loved one to this joyful, big-hearted read from Booker Prize-winning novelist Bernardine Evaristo...

Barrington Jedidiah Walker is seventy-four and leads a double life. Born and bred in Antigua, he's lived in Hackney since the sixties. A flamboyant, wise-cracking local character with a dapper taste in retro suits and a fondness for quoting Shakespeare, Barrington is a husband, father and grandfather - but he is also secretly homosexual, lovers with his great childhood friend, Morris.

His deeply religious and disappointed wife, Carmel, thinks he sleeps with other women. When their marriage goes into meltdown, Barrington wants to divorce Carmel and live with Morris, but after a lifetime of fear and deception, will he manage to break away?

Mr Loverman is a ground-breaking exploration of Britain's older Caribbean community, which explodes cultural myths and fallacies and shows the extent of what can happen when people fear the consequences of being true to themselves.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241145784
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 225 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm


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'Mr Loverman is hilarious, poignant, clever, controversial and courageous in equal measure. Loved, loved, loved it!' - Dawn French

'A brave and important story... I enjoyed it enormously' - Jonathan Kemp, author of London Triptych Bernardine

'Evaristo can take any story from any time and turn it into something vibrating with life' - Ali Smith

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“Heartwarming!”

This is the story of Barrington Jedidiah Walker, or Barry to his friends. 74 years old, Antiguan born and bred, with a flamboyant personality, who is known for his dapper taste and fondness for retro suits. He is a... More

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“Wonderful story!”

Read for reading group - we all loved it! The technique used for the different voices was well-applied. As we were all of a 'similar' age to the protagonist we were familiar with the times referred to. The... More

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“An exuberant novel set in HACKNEY”

Barrington Jedidiah Walker is a larger-than-life 74 year-old dandy, full of erudition and charm, strutting the streets of Hackney like a preening peacock.

‘Barry’ is also still passionately in love. Just not with his... More

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