Mr Loverman is hilarious, poignant, clever, controversial and courageous in equal measure. Loved, loved, loved it!’
‘I’m a fan of Evaristo, who can take any story from any time and give it a new or unexpected shape, turn it into something vibrating with life, always with a great deal of witty fun and mischief.’
Ali Smith, The Scotsman ‘Summer Reading’, 2013.
Winner of the Publishing Triangle Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction (USA) & Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize (UK)
Published by Hamish Hamilton/Penguin, UK, 29th August 2013
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.
(Also an unabridged audio book from Whole Audiobooks on Amazon)