Publisher: Vintage Books; First Edition edition (2001)
Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.2 x 7.8 inches
Louis de Bernières chose to celebrate his ten years of life in the south London suburb by taking his inspiration from Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood. He was living above a small shop that had been by turns an outlet for oversize naughty clothes for transvestites, a West Indian hairdressers and a junk shop by writing of the people that he had known and come to love in his time there by writing of the people that he had known and come to love in his time there. Brilliantly capturing the myriad voices of modern Britain, with their different rhythms of speech and accents, their humour and their tragedy, jokes and gossip, de Bernières' tour de force takes us to the heart of a community and its spirit - the lives and loves, the tears and the laughter of its people.
Louis de Bernières is a British novelist and was born in December 1954. He was awarded the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book Eurasia Region in 1991 and 1992, and for Best Book in 1995. He was selected by Granta as one of the twenty Best of Young British Novelists in 1993, and lives in Norfolk, East Anglia. His most recent novels are Birds Without Wings and A Partisan's Daughter and a collection of stories Notwithstanding.