It’s 1977, the day of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, when a photographer captures a moment forever: a festive street party with bunting and Union Jacks fluttering in the breeze and, right in the centre of the frame, a small Asian boy staring intensely at the camera. The photo becomes infamous when it is adopted as a symbol of everything that is great and good about Britain, but what is the real story behind it? Relationships between the neighbours on Cherry Gardens are far from easy, and minor frictions threaten to erupt as the street party begins…
Fast forward to the present and that boy, Satish, is now a successful paediatric heart surgeon, saving lives and families every single day. But he’s living with a secret – he’s addicted to controlled prescription drugs. A message about a proposed reunion of the children in the photograph throws his life into turmoil as he thinks back to Jubilee Day, and the events that changed his life for ever.
Praise for Jubilee:
‘Jubilee is an assured debut by a writer of great promise. It’s a sharply-written account of the birth pangs of multicultural Britain.’
– Marcel Theroux
‘Shelley Harris’s remarkably assured debut novel is rooted in the Silver Jubilee celebrations of June 1977… shrewdly observed… The pitch-perfect children’s banter and accurate period detail lead authenticity to her prose… an exciting debut that suggests this author will offer many more insightful and compelling stories in the years ahead’
– James Urquhart, The Independent