The Housing Lark by Sam Selvon
Hustlers and schemers, Trinidadians and Jamaicans trying to make their dreams a reality.
Sitting in his cramped basement room in Brixton, Battersby dreams of money, women, a T-bone steak - and a place to call his own. So he and a group of friends decide to save up and buy a house together. But amid grasping landlords, the temptations of spending money and the less-than-welcoming attitude of the Mother Country, can they make their dream a reality.
'Selvon's meticulously observed narratives of displaced Londoners' lives created a template for how to write about migrant, and postmigrant, London for countless writers who have followed in his wake, including Hanif Kureishi and Zadie Smith' Caryl Phillips.
Paperback, 144 pages.
Dimensions: 19.8cm x 0.8cm x 12.9cm