Bernardine Evaristo

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Mr Loverman

Winner of the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction 2014
book | Fiction | Jul 2013
UK & Comm → Hamish Hamilton (Ed. Simon Prosser)
US → Akashic Books
A tragi-comic tale of gay love – set in contemporary London and infused with the unique exuberance of Evaristo's voice

Barrington Jedidiah Walker is seventy-four and leads a double life. Born and bred in Antigua, he's lived in Hackney since the sixties. A flamboyant, wise-cracking local character with a dapper taste in retro suits and a fondness for quoting Shakespeare, Barrington is a husband, father and grandfather – but he is also secretly homosexual, lovers with his great childhood friend, Morris.

His deeply religious and disappointed wife, Carmel, thinks he sleeps with other women. When their marriage goes into meltdown, Barrington wants to divorce Carmel and live with Morris, but after a lifetime of fear and deception, will he manage to break away?

Mr Loverman is a ground-breaking exploration of Britain's older Caribbean community, which explodes cultural myths and fallacies and shows the extent of what can happen when people fear the consequences of being true to themselves.

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Mr Loverman
Mr Loverman

In this vibrant novel, Evaristo draws wonderful character portraits of complex individuals as well as the West Indian immigrant culture in Britain.
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Revolutionary in its honest portrayal of gay men . . . Evaristo's writing is both intelligible and compelling.
Library Journal, Starred Review
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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 . . . Comical, agonising and, ultimately, moving. Evaristo tells us of lives we imagined we knew, while rearranging much more than the furniture.

The Independent

[A] funny, brave new novel . . . Evaristo, a London-born novelist of Nigerian ancestry, has written a book which few West Indians would dare to write . . . I loved Mr Loverman. It is to be hoped that Bounty Killer will read and enjoy this tender, even trailblazing novel (in or out of tight trousers).

The Spectator

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. Maggie Gee
The Guardian

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
The Telegraph

A pacey fable about summoning both the daring and the art to live a truthful life, and her writing simply fizzes with musical energy
The Express

Brokeback Mountain with ackee and saltfish and old people . . . Mr Loverman is hilarious, poignant, clever, controversial and courageous in equal measure. Loved, loved, loved it!  Dawn French

An intimate portrait of love, sexuality, ageing and family told through the eyes of a dapper, retro-besuited protagonist. Evaristo's narrative . . . is driven by sharp dialogue, comic set pieces and wry observations . . . [A] sensitively drawn narrative TLS

A gay love story that combines the immigrant experience with sexual reinvention

A gay love story that combines the immigrant experience with sexual reinvention... variously comical, agonising and, ultimately, moving. Evaristo tells us of lives we imagined we knew, while rearranging much more than the furniture.

Richard Canning
The Independent
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