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Jubilee by Shelley Harris
  

Jubilee

Relationship Stories   Debuts of the Month   Literary Fiction   
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Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

June 2012 Debut of the Month.

A joyous, cleverly written, morally minded (but never preachy) novel. Set during a street party for the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977 and 35 years later, it explores the real story behind an iconic photograph taken in 1977 that seems to show a racially harmonious Great Britain.

If you like Shelley Harris you might also like to read books by Andrew Levy, Janet Evanovich and Lisa Lutz.

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Synopsis

Jubilee by Shelley Harris

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.

Reviews

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 * An extremely well-crafted story * INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY * Period detail and sharply observed dialogue contribute to a taut novel with plenty of ethical resonance for contemporary cultural relations -- James Urquhart * FINANCIAL TIMES * Sharply observed and richly characterised...Unfinished business, both personal and national, shadows a perceptive story of family and nation in transition -- Boyd Tonkin * THE INDEPENDENT *


About the Author

Shelley Harris

Shelley Harris was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1967, to a South African mother and a British father. She has worked, among other things, as a teacher, a reporter, a mystery shopper and a bouncer at a teen disco. When she is not writing, she volunteers at her local Oxfam bookshop, helping customers find just the right book. Jubilee is her first novel.

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Book Info

Publication date

24th May 2012

Author

Shelley Harris

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Publisher

Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Relationship Stories
Debuts of the Month
Literary Fiction

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781780220086

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