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Should We Fall Behind by Sharon Duggal

Should We Fall Behind

Sharon Duggal

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Imprint: Bluemoose Books Ltd
Publisher: Bluemoose Books Ltd
Publication date: 22 Oct 2020
ISBN: 9781910422618

Jimmy Noone walks from one side of a sprawling city to the other, looking for Betwa, a friend he found and lost on the city streets. Jimmy becomes the catalyst for lost lives colliding, exposing stories of tenderness, displacement and tragedy and the subtle threads of commonality which intersect them all, making the invisible, visible again.

5 stars out of 5
Nina Pottell
1 Jan 2021

"a gloriously astute and tender story "

Sometimes, I know I'm going to love a novel from the moment I start reading — and this was one of those books. Jimmy, a homeless man, is looking for a friend. Through the people he meets, we come to realise that maybe we are more like other people than we think. This is a gloriously astute and tender story about humanity. 

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5 stars out of 5
Catherine Taylor
2 Dec 2020

"At its heart the novel is a spacious, melancholy work, its sorrowful yet hopeful storylines an elegy to time’s passing."

Although written before the pandemic, Should We Fall Behind, Sharon Duggal’s measured, intensely humane second novel about the “invisible” among us, amplifies the questions Covid-19 has brought into sharp focus – about the meaning of community, and what constitutes a home.... Like Duggal’s first book, the The Handsworth Times, which traced the 1981 riots across Thatcher’s Britain, Should We Fall Behind reaches a dramatic culmination of sorts, although this is not its most important feature. At its heart the novel is a spacious, melancholy work, its sorrowful yet hopeful storylines an elegy to time’s passing.