The Housing Lark

The Housing Lark

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 06/08/2020
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'Irreverent, spirited ... a seriously funny novel' New York Review of BooksSitting in his cramped basement room in Brixton, Battersby dreams of money, women, a T-bone steak - and a place to call his own. So he and a group of friends decide to save up and buy a house together. But amid grasping landlords, the temptations of spending money and the less-than-welcoming attitude of the Mother Country, can this motley group of hustlers and schemers, Trinidadians and Jamaicans, men and women make their dreams a reality? 'Selvon's meticulously observed narratives of displaced Londoners' lives created a template for how to write about migrant, and postmigrant, London for countless writers who have followed in his wake, including Hanif Kureishi and Zadie Smith' Caryl Phillips

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241441329
  • Number of pages: 144
  • Weight: 112g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 8 mm

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The Housing Lark
1960's Brixton
This is a very short book that was written in the 60's. The premise is a group of people renting a house looking to buy their own house. This is a really g... READ MORE
The Housing Lark
This had the same interesting and well thought out ideas that The Lonely Londoners had. The story wasn't as interesting as the previous one but i liked thi... READ MORE
beth younge
The Housing Lark
Comical story with serious themes
This book tells of a collection of unique characters that group together in an attempt to buy a house in London in the 1960's. There are ingenious schemes ... READ MORE
Melanie Greaves
The Housing Lark
1960s London, immigration and the housing crisis
The Housing Lark is a short book that centres around a group of West Indians living in 1960s Britain. Owing to the hideous price of rent in London (not muc... READ MORE
Sydney K