Booksellers Association Announces First Fiction Book of the Month Selection
The Booksellers Association has announced This Lovely City by Louise Hare as its Fiction Book of the Month for March, the first adult fiction title chosen as part of the expansion of the popular campaign.
Hare’s debut novel, This Lovely City explores post-Blitz London, following jazz musician Lawrie Matthews as he arrives on the Empire Windrush and plunges into the Soho music hall scene. When he makes a terrible discovery, fingers of blame are pointed at those who had recently been welcomed with open arms, and soon the new arrivals become prime suspects in a tragedy which threatens to tear the city apart. This Lovely City is published by HQ and is available in bookshops now.
Author Louise Hare said, “I’m thrilled that This Lovely City has been chosen as Fiction Book of the Month. This is a real honour and I’m very grateful to all the independent booksellers who have been so supportive of this novel.”
Matt Taylor, Chepstow Books & Gifts said, “A hugely atmospheric debut. Plunges you straight into the lodgings, racial conflict and rationing of bombed out post war London, with a story that stays with you.”
Independent bookshops around the UK and Ireland will be promoting This Lovely City throughout March, both instore and on social media. The Booksellers Association will also support the promotion of the Fiction Book of the Month through social media and promotional materials.