Mr Loverman

by Bernardine Evaristo

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A ground-breaking exploration of Britain's older Caribbean community

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Mr Loverman Synopsis



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.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780241145784
Publication date: 13th October 2003
Author: Bernardine Evaristo
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Primary Genre Modern and Contemporary Fiction
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Bernardine Evaristo Press Reviews

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

An undeniably bold and energetic writer, whose world view is anything but one-dimensional  - Sunday Times

This riproaring, full-bodied riff on sex, secrecy and family is Bernardine Evaristo's seventh book. If you don't yet know her work, you should - she says things about modern Britain that no one else does -- Maggie Gee, Guardian

Evaristo has a lot going on in this unusual urban romance, but beneath her careful study of race and sexuality is a beautiful love story. Not many writers could have two old men having sexual intercourse in a bedsit to a soundtrack of Shabba Ranks's Mr Loverman and save it from bad taste, much less make it sublime. But the hero of this book, and his canny creator, make everything taste just fine - Daily Telegraph

A pacey fable about summoning both the daring and the art to live a truthful life ... her writing simply fizzes with musical energy Express A brilliant study of great characters in modern London Independent Funny, brave ... I loved Mr Loverman -- Ian Thomson, Spectator

Transforms our often narrow perceptions of gay men in England ... Comical, agonising and, ultimately, moving - Independent

Heartbreaking yet witty, this is a story that needed to be told -- Jackie Kay, Observer

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About Bernardine Evaristo

Bernardine Evaristo is the Anglo-Nigerian award-winning author of seven books of fiction and verse fiction that explore aspects of the African diaspora: past, present, real, imagined. Her writing also spans short fiction, reviews, essays, drama and writing for BBC radio. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London and Vice Chair of the Royal Society of Literature. As a literary activist for inclusion, Bernardine Evaristo has founded several successful initiatives including Theatre of Black Women (1982-86), Spread the Word writer development agency (1995-present); The Complete Works mentoring scheme for poets of colour (2007-17) and the Brunel International African ...

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