City Reads 2017

The Handsworth Times by Sharon Duggal 

City Reads returns (2 Mar – 14 May) with a stunning debut novel, from a British Asian writer, that is both relevant and important. A book for our times that should be read by everyone who believes in society.

Quite simply the most accomplished, complete and startlingly authentic novel I have read this year. – Paul Simon, The Morning Star

The 2017 READ

It is 1981, factories are closing, unemployment is high, the NF are marching and the neglected inner cities are ablaze as riots breakout across Thatcher’s fractured Britain. The Agarwal family are facing their own personal tragedy, but their pain is eased through humour, friendship and community. THE HANDSWORTH TIMES reminds us, that we are all part of the same thing, and there is a comfort in putting aside difference and joining together in solidarity.

What an absolute honour to have my novel chosen for City Reads 2017. It is quite a special thing to know that people from all walks of life across the city where I live will be coming together to read my book, just as I have done with many previous City Reads selections. The Handsworth Times is ultimately a book about the hope we find in other people and it will be such a pleasure to have the opportunity to get out there and share the story with so many different people. – Sharon Duggal, City Reads author 2017