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  • Review: The TLS - Better together A novel of poverty, struggle – and solidarity By David Collard January 22, 2021 should we fall behind 310pp. Bluemoose. £15 (paperback, £9.99).Sharon Duggal In 2016 the Yorkshire-based Bluemoose Books published Sharon Duggal’s The Handsworth Times. The novel was set in the Birmingham district where the author grew up, and vividly described the challenges faced by an ordinary South Asian family at a time of political and economic turmoil, high unemployment, racial tension, National Front marches and the 1981 riots.Read More
  • Review: The Guardian - Fiction Should We Fall Behind – home and homelessness Wed 2 Dec 2020 09.00 GM: Catherine Taylor This intensely humane second novel, focused on a city’s ‘invisibles’, amplifies the questions Covid-19 has brought into sharp focus In October, homelessness charities reported a sharp increase in the number of young people sleeping rough in London. Although written before the pandemic, Should We Fall Behind, Sharon Duggal’s measured, intensely humane second novel about the “invisible” among us, amplifies the questions Covid-19 has brought into sharpRead More
  • Interview: Eastern Eye Newspaper - November 18, 2020 Sharon Duggal: Exploring universal experiences through multi-cultural voices CONNECTING LIVES: Sharon Duggal AUTHOR SHARON DUGGAL DISCUSSES HER NEW NOVEL, WRITING CHALLENGES AND INSPIRATIONS by MITA MISTRY HAVING grown up as a part of a large extended Punjabi family in Birmingham and being one of six siblings, Sharon Duggal often retreated into books as a way of finding her own place in a busy household. Books being a connection to a wider world, beyond the parameters of aRead More
  • Yorkshire Times: Interview - Author Interview: Sharon Duggal  Should We Fall Behind by Sharon Duggal is a gritty yet tender novel giving life to people often ignored. It is a story set in any British city; a story of the homeless, the immigrants, the bereaved, the lonely; the story of all of us – but one not often told. Following homeless protaganist Jimmy in his search for a friend, the novel weaves its way in and out of the lives of the strangers he encounters.Read More
  • Prima Magazine – Book of the Month - Nina Pottell, Books Editor at Prima Magazine has chosen Should We Fall Behind as her Book of the Month, Oct/Nov 2020.
  • Louder Than War: Book Review - Sharon Duggal – Should We Fall Behind   Bluemoose Books Out 22 October 2020 Should We Fall Behind is for anyone with a heart who has ever looked at a person huddled in a cold shop doorway surrounded by everything they own and wondered how they got there. Jimmy is an alcoholic smalltown boy unsuccessfully running away from his demons who befriends a young woman Betwa, and shares his pitch in a big city underpass, but she suddenly disappears. His disorganisedRead More
  • Duggal Chosen for LoveMyRead - LOVEMYREAD chooses … Should We All Fall Behind as one of 6 books especially curated for adults for October 2020    FICTION Jimmy Noone escapes his difficult life in a small town and finds himself living on the streets of a big city where he meets Betwa, who brings with her a chance of real friendship and a glimpse of new hope. Betwa disappears and Jimmy walks across the sprawling metropolis searching for her. He arrives on Shifnal Road onRead More
  • Elspells Blog: Should We Fall Behind - Elspells Review Review: I don’t think it is any great secret that I am a massive fan of the books that Bluemoose have published so far this year. Saving Lucia by Anna Vaught and The Sound Mirror by Heidi James are two of my top reads of 2020, and as such I was both excited and slightly nervous about diving into the third novel in Bluemoose’s year of only publishing books by women. I need not have worried – this book is stunning. IRead More
  • Morning Star Review: Should We Fall Behind -   Engrossing commentary on the woeful state of the nation SHARON DUGGAL’S captivating debut novel The Handsworth Times was so successful because of its precise detailing of place and time. For her second book, the author shows true creativity in doing quite the opposite but with equal success. From the working-class south Asian community in Birmingham facing endemic racism in the 1980s in The Handsworth Times, Duggal shifts location to a nameless but vaguely contemporary city somewhere in England. Precisely,Read More
  • BookBeats Blog review: Should We Fall Behind - Should We Fall Behind is  … A quietly urgent book, that asks of today’s Britain, ‘Where’s your humanity, for fuck’s sake?’ A book that will sit rightly on my book shelves next to Steinbeck, Mistry and Strout. Read full review HERE