BBC2 TV Book Club Between the Covers – Transmission dates confirmed

Should We Fall Behind features in Episode 2 – 17th May 2021, BBC2 7.30pm. Between the Covers Episode 2Comedian Rachel Parris, chef Rick Stein, actor and comedian Rob Delaney and presenter Vick Hope.Episode 2 Between the Covers: 12 books for the summer Should We Fall Behind by Sharon Duggal Jimmy Noone walks from one side of a sprawling city to the other, looking for Betwa, a friend he found and lost on the bustling city streets. Jimmy becomes the catalystRead More

Shortlisted for 2021 RSL ENCORE AWARD

Should We Fall Behind has been shortlisted for the prestigious Royal Society of Literature’s Encore Award 2021. The prize celebrates ‘outstanding’ second novels The Encore Award The Encore Award was first presented in 1990 to celebrate the achievement of outstanding second novels. The Award fills a niche in the catalogue of literary prizes. The RSL has administrated the award since 2016. The Encore Award 2021 We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the Encore Award 2021, for best secondRead More

Prima Magazine – the Oct/Nov Book of the Month and a Book of the Year 2020

13th March 2021 Latest News, Other, Uncategorised

Nina Pottell, Books Editor at Prima Magazine chose Should We Fall Behind as her Book of the Month, Oct/Nov 2020 and went on to include it as one of her Books of the Year 2020.

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

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

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 Kevin@bluemoosebooks.com      

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

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

Sharon announced as Creative Future’s 2018 Writer in Residence

11th April 2018 Latest News, Uncategorised

Creative Future April 2018 Newsletter: We’re delighted to announce that our 2018 WIR is Sharon Duggal. Sharon is a writer, campaigner and radio presenter/producer.  She was born in Birmingham to parents who immigrated to the UK from the Punjab, India. She now lives in Brighton & Hove. Her acclaimed debut novel, The Handsworth Times (pub. Bluemoose Books) is set against a backdrop of social unrest, neglected communities, incredible music and the healing power of direct action in 1980’s working-class Birmingham. It was The Morning Star newspaper’s fiction ‘Book of the YearRead More


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    Should We Fall Behind
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    The Handsworth Times