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Louder Than War: Book Review

4th October 2020 Latest News, Reviews, Uncategorised

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

28th September 2020 Latest News, Reviews, Uncategorised

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

28th September 2020 Latest News, Reviews

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

10th September 2020 Latest News, Reviews, Uncategorised

  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

10th September 2020 Latest News, Reviews

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

Announcement: Should We Fall Behind, the second novel by Sharon Duggal will be published in October 2020

16th June 2020 Latest News, Other, Uncategorised

  Sharon Duggal’s second novel, SHOULD WE FALL BEHIND will be published by Bluemoose Books in October 2020. For more information and to request a review copy, please contact      

New short story commissioned for Love Bites, an anthology of short fiction inspired by Pete Shelley and Buzzcocks

16th June 2020 Latest News, Uncategorised

The Anthology Love Bites is a anthology of fiction inspired by Pete Shelley and Buzzcocks. The collection consists of both short-fiction and even shorter flash-fiction in keeping with the immediacy and brevity of the 3-minute pop song and the one-note guitar solo. Guest Editor(s), Contributors Love Bites is edited by Andrew Gallix, Tomoe Hill, C.D. Rose and features: Featuring What Do I Get? a new short story by Sharon Duggal Published by Dostoyevsky Wannabe

Asian Voice Newspaper, Sharon Duggal: on The Book of Birmingham and the Pertinent Power of Authorship

30th November 2018 Latest News, Other

The concept explored in this exciting, new short story collection, The Book of Birmingham, featuring up and coming writer Duggal, and skillfully edited by Bhanot, is starkly modern. It is also strikingly framed by the political setting of one of Britain’s largest Northern cities. Seamless interaction of spaces – physical, social and emotional – create the best compendiums, and is why these particular titillating segments – illuminating “snapshots of people’s lives” as described by Duggal– make such powerful comment. The geographically marginalised yet emotionallyRead More

Outside Left: The Book Of Birmingham

30th November 2018 Latest News, Reviews

Sharon Duggal read first from her story, Seep. Her story of girls doing something maybe they shouldn’t, but maybe not so bad now, in 1960s Handsworth, to a soundtrack of American Soul music. Oh it just put me exactly in the room with her fish out of water protagonists, it was beautiful and stunning and intimate and beyond it foretold of the thrills and spills ahead which I can only contemplate from afar now. I was actually excitedly transported farRead More

Sharon’s short story, SEEP included in new anthology, The Book of Birmingham, Comma Press 2018

28th October 2018 Latest News, Uncategorised

Edited by Kavita Bhanot Featuring Balvinder Banga, Alan Beard, Jendella Benson, Kit de Waal, Sharon Duggal,Joel Lane, Malachi McIntosh, Bobby Nayyar, C.D. Rose & Sibyl Ruth Few cities have undergone such a radical transformation over the last few decades as Birmingham. Culturally and architecturally, it has been in a state of perpetual flux and regeneration, with new communities moving in, then out, and iconic post-war landmarks making way for brighter-coloured, 21st century flourishes. Much like the city itself, the characters in the stories gathered here are often living through moments ofRead More


  • Should We Fall Behind
    Should We Fall Behind
  • The Handsworth Times
    The Handsworth Times