Jubilee, By Shelley Harris
Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.
Saturday 09 June 2012
How many lives will change in the wake of this week's damp festivities? Sharply observed and richly characterised, Harris's debut novel returns to a Metroland town at the Silver Jubilee of 1977.
What happens during the jamboree to young Satish, then a curious kid in a patriotic family of Ugandan refugees, will resonate through his present life as a cardiologist. The street-party photo taken on that day becomes an iconic image – but what secrets does it mask? Unfinished business, personal and national, shadows a perceptive story of individuals and communities in flux.
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