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Mr. Loverman Hardcover – Import, 28 September 2021

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Review

Mr. Loverman is beautifully written book that will leave readers wanting to discuss it with everyone they know.
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Bloggers Recommend

Delightful...a good read.
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Book Reviews Given by Arlena

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.
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Guardian (UK)

A brilliant study of great characters in modern London. As such--as Mr. Barrington Walker, Esq. himself might have acknowledged--it is very clever indeed.
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Independent on Sunday (UK)

Fear and loathing of homosexuals has a long history in the West Indies...Bernardine Evaristo, in her funny, brave new novel, Mr. Loverman...explores issues of homosexuality in the British West Indies and London's West Indian diaspora community...I loved...this tender, even trailblazing novel.
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The Spectator (UK)

Evaristo's second prose novel similarly transforms our often narrow perceptions of gay men in England. The familiar trope of the closet is deployed, but contested and reworked in winningly credible, moving ways...The effect is variously comical, agonizing and, ultimately, moving. Evaristo tells us of lives we imagined we knew, while rearranging much more than the furniture.
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Independent (UK)

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.
--
Telegraph (UK)

A pacey fable about summoning both the daring and the art to live a truthful life, and her writing simply fizzes with musical energy.
--
Sunday Express (UK)

This poignant tragi-comedy goes some way toward exploring engrained prejudice.
--
Time Out London (UK)

Few writers since Hanif Kureishi have tackled the subject of homosexuality in British Asian or black culture. Evaristo's sensitively drawn narrative captures the erotic attraction between two aging lovers, while exploring the relationship of tender companionship.
--
Times Literary Supplement (UK)

Mr. Loverman is hilarious, poignant, clever, controversial and courageous in equal measure. Loved, loved, loved it!
--
Dawn French, author of Dear Fatty

A brave and important story...I enjoyed it enormously.
--
Jonathan Kemp, author of London Triptych

Praise for Bernardine Evaristo:

Evaristo is adventurous, compelling, and utterly original.
--
Times (UK)

Evaristo's skill lies in taking standard metaphorical models and twisting them in the most unusual, original, inventive ways.
--
Sunday Times (UK)

Bernardine Evaristo can take any story from any time and turn it into something vibrating with life.
--
Ali Smith, author of There But for The

A feisty, hyperactive imagination...bittersweet, riotous humor.
--
Independent (UK)

Audacious genre bending, in-yer-face wit and masterly retellings of underwritten corners of history are the hallmarks of Evaristo's work.
--
New Statesman (UK)


Mr. Loverman is beautifully written book that will leave readers wanting to discuss it with everyone they know.
--
Bloggers Recommend

Delightful...a good read.
--
Book Reviews Given by Arlena

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.
--
Guardian (UK)

A brilliant study of great characters in modern London. As such--as Mr. Barrington Walker, Esq. himself might have acknowledged--it is very clever indeed.
--
Independent on Sunday (UK)

Fear and loathing of homosexuals has a long history in the West Indies...Bernardine Evaristo, in her funny, brave new novel, Mr. Loverman...explores issues of homosexuality in the British West Indies and London's West Indian diaspora community...I loved...this tender, even trailblazing novel.
--
The Spectator (UK)

Evaristo's second prose novel similarly transforms our often narrow perceptions of gay men in England. The familiar trope of the closet is deployed, but contested and reworked in winningly credible, moving ways...The effect is variously comical, agonizing and, ultimately, moving. Evaristo tells us of lives we imagined we knew, while rearranging much more than the furniture.
--
Independent (UK)

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.
--
Telegraph (UK)

A pacey fable about summoning both the daring and the art to live a truthful life, and her writing simply fizzes with musical energy.
--
Sunday Express (UK)

This poignant tragi-comedy goes some way toward exploring engrained prejudice.
--
Time Out London (UK)

Few writers since Hanif Kureishi have tackled the subject of homosexuality in British Asian or black culture. Evaristo's sensitively drawn narrative captures the erotic attraction between two aging lovers, while exploring the relationship of tender companionship.
--
Times Literary Supplement (UK)

Mr. Loverman is hilarious, poignant, clever, controversial and courageous in equal measure. Loved, loved, loved it!
--
Dawn French, author of Dear Fatty

A brave and important story...I enjoyed it enormously.
--
Jonathan Kemp, author of London Triptych

Praise for Bernardine Evaristo:

Evaristo is adventurous, compelling, and utterly original.
--
Times (UK)

Evaristo's skill lies in taking standard metaphorical models and twisting them in the most unusual, original, inventive ways.
--
Sunday Times (UK)

Bernardine Evaristo can take any story from any time and turn it into something vibrating with life.
--
Ali Smith, author of There But for The

A feisty, hyperactive imagination...bittersweet, riotous humor.
--
Independent (UK)

Audacious genre bending, in-yer-face wit and masterly retellings of underwritten corners of history are the hallmarks of Evaristo's work.
--
New Statesman (UK)

About the Author

Bernardine Evaristo has been hailed as one of Britain’s most exciting and original authors. Her books have been chosen as Books of the Year nine times by British newspapers. In 2004 she was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 2006 of the Royal Society of Arts. She has written drama for theater and BBC Radios 4 and 3, collaborated on a multimedia performance with the musicians Joanna McGregor and Andy Shephard for the City of London Festival. Based in London, England, she frequently tours worldwide.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Akashic Books (28 September 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 238 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1636140483
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1636140483
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 491 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.88 x 1.91 x 23.5 cm
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British writer Bernardine Evaristo is the award-winning author of seven books including her new novel, Mr Loverman, about a 74 yr old Caribbean London man who is closet homosexual (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin, 2013 & Akashic USA, 2014). Her writing is characterised by experimentation, daring, subversion and challenging the myths of various Afro-diasporic histories and identities. Her books range in genre from poetry, verse-novels, a novel-with-verse, a novella, short stories, prose novels, radio and theatre drama, and literary essays and criticism. Her eighth book will be a collection of her short stories, published by in Italian by Carocci in 2015. The first monograph on her work, Fiction Unbound by Sebnem Toplu, was published in August 2011 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. The second will be published by Carocci in 2015.

Her awards include the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, EMMA Best Book Award, Big Red Read, Orange Youth Panel Award, NESTA Fellowship Award and Arts Council Writer's Award. Her books have been a Best Book of the Year 13 times in British newspapers and magazines and The Emperor's Babe was a Times 'Book of the Decade'. Hello Mum has been chosen as one of twenty titles for World Book Night in 2014. She was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2004, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2006, and she received an MBE in 2009.

Her books are: MR LOVERMAN (Penguin, 2013), HELLO MUM (Penguin 2010), LARA (Bloodaxe 2009), BlONDE ROOTS (Penguin 2008), SOUL TOURISTS (Penguin 2005), THE EMPEROR'S BABE (Penguin 2001), the first version of LARA (ARP 1997), ISLAND OF ABRAHAM (Peepal Tree, 1994). For more information visit BOOKS. Her verse novel The Emperor's Babe was adapted into a BBC Radio 4 play in 2013 and her novella Hello Mum was broadcast as a Radio 4 play in 2012. Her writing - essays, articles and non-fiction - has appeared in many publications.

She has edited and guest edited several publications. She is the co-editor of two recent anthologies and a special issue of Wasafiri magazine: Black Britain: Beyond Definition, which celebrated and reevaluated the black writing scene in Britain. In 2012 she was Guest Editor of the winter issue of Poetry Review, Britain's leading poetry journal, in its centenary year. Her issue, Offending Frequencies, featured more poets of colour than had ever previously been published in a single issue of the journal, as well as many female, radical, experimental and outspoken voices.

She is also a literary critic for the national newspapers such as the Guardian and Independent and has judged many literary awards including the National Poetry Competition, TS Eliot Prize, Orange First Novel Award and the Next Generation Poet's List. In 2012 she was Chair of the Caine Prize for African Fiction and Chair of The Commonwealth Short Story Prize. That year she also founded the Brunel University African Poetry Prize. She is Reader in Creative Writing at Brunel University and designed and teaches the anuual six month Guardian¬-University of East Anglia 'How to Tell a Story' fiction course in London.

She has toured widely in the UK and since 1997 she has accepted invitations to take part in over 100 international visits as a writer. She gives readings and delivers talks, keynotes, workshops and courses and she has held visiting fellowships and professorships.

Bernardine Evaristo was born in Woolwich, south east London, the fourth of eight children, to an English mother and Nigerian father. Her father was a welder and local Labour councillor and her mother a schoolteacher. She was educated at Eltham Hill Girls Grammar School, the Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama, and Goldsmiths, University of London, where she earned a PhD in Creative Writing. She spent her teenage years acting at Greenwich Young People's Theatre. She lives in London with her husband.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Loverman’s Happiness
By Singh, R. on 29 August 2020
What a beautiful book! You begin hearing Barry’s, 74-year old, Antiguan-British voice telling you about his unhappy marriage, his fresh-as-ever love affair with his childhood love, Morris, and his life in London. And then you realise it isn’t Barry who’s only speaking, he echoes the voices of all the Blacks living in Britain, the homosexual men who have lived their whole life in a closet, and the Antiguan men who have left their home in search of a better life across the world. Poetically, you also get to know about the story of Barry’s lonely wife, Carmela, who followed her husband into an alien land. You feel hurt listening to her sadness, her pain in performing the role of a dutiful daughter, a loyal wife, a responsible mother and a silent citizen of a foreign land. Thus follows the story of a Black family making life work in London through happiness and sadness, love and loss. I was enthralled by Evaristo’s writing. The well-thought out structure of the novel and the style of writing kept me engrossed and marvelling from start to the end. The story may appear a simple one talking about a family living their everyday life. However, as I kept reading I realised how skilfully the author has dealt with the finer nuances of Black experience in the UK, that is often unnoticed, as we are used to reading about the African-American experience mostly. I was reminded of Paul Gilroy’s “There Ain’t No Black in Union Jack” and his critique of racism at the political and cultural level in the UK. Evaristo’s story uncovers cultural politics of race in the rhythms of life that Gilroy has dealt with in his book. This is my first read of Evaristo’s novel after I saw @jencampbell gush about it on her channel. I haven’t read her Booker-Prize winner yet but now I am excited to get my hands on that asap.
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