Jubilee, By Shelley Harris

 

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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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