Ingrid Persaud

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WINNER OF THE 2020 COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD. Meet the Ramdin-Chetan family: forged through loneliness, broken by secrets, saved by love. Irrepressible Betty Ramdin, her shy son Solo and their marvellous lodger, Mr Chetan, form an unconventional household, happy in their differences as they build a home together. Home: the place where your navel string is buried, keeping these three safe from an increasingly dangerous world. Happy and loving they are, until the night when a glass of rum, a heart-to-heart and a terrible truth explodes the family unit, driving them apart. Brave and brilliant, steeped in affection, Love After Love is a novel full of heart which asks us to consider what happens at the very brink of human forgiveness, and offers hope to anyone who has loved and lost and has yet to find their way back.

‘Persaud gives us a captivating interrogation of love in all its forms.’ Sara Collins, Guardian

‘Great books about love, like this one, feel like precious and impossible gifts. We should cherish the writers who provide them.’ New York Times

‘Engaging and vibrant . . . This is a book of revelations . . . it is written in a lilting patois that sings from the page, and it is full of warmth and beauty.’ The Economist