This Lovely City

By Louise Hare

* Selected for the new BBC Two TV book club, Between the Covers, airing October 2020 *

Longlisted for the HWA Debut Crown Award

Indie Book of the Month for March, selected by the Booksellers Association

One of OBSERVER’S 10 best debut novelists of 2020
WOMAN & HOME 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

‘Convincing and involving’
Sunday Times

‘Mistress of suspense, Hare keeps us guessing till the end’
Daily Mail

‘A thought-provoking and imaginative debut’
Woman & Home

‘Fans of Zadie Smith and Andrea Levy won’t want to miss Louise Hare’s enthralling debut novel’

‘Poignant and authentic’

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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.

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‘I loved, loved, loved it’ Cathy Rentzenbrink

‘Full to the brim with such complete joys and heart-aching tragedies … you can feel the warmth and colour emanating from the pages’ Magic Radio Book Club

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