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Surge by Jay Bernard

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Jay Bernard

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Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 20 Jun 2019
ISBN: 9781784742614

*Winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2018*Jay Bernard's extraordinary debut is a fearlessly original exploration of the black British archive: an enquiry into the New Cross Fire of 1981, a house fire at a birthday party in south London in which thirteen young black people were killed.

4 stars out of 5

"makes a deep impact both on account of its own narrative and in the wake of Grenfell"

This affecting poetic exploration of the New Cross Fire of 1981 (dubbed “The New Cross Massacre”) is incantatory, lyrical and documentary. It makes a deep impact both on account of its own narrative and in the wake of Grenfell.

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