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.
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.