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  • Interview: Writers on Research - Sharon Duggal on home, Rohinton Mistry and ‘Should We Fall Behind’ As part of his interview series Writers on Research, Joe Bedford spoke to author Sharon Duggal on the research process behind her novel Should We Fall Behind (Bluemoose Books, 2020). I’d like to start by asking how you approached researching homelessness, one of the core themes of Should We Fall Behind. It is of course a sensitive subject as well as a prescient one, and I wondered what challenges you encountered when lookingRead More
  • 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
  • BBC TV Book Club chooses Should We Fall Behind by Sharon Duggal - BBC 2 Book Club chooses Should We Fall Behind by Sharon Duggal The new series of BBC 2 TV Book Club, Between The Covers, hosted by Sara Cox, has chosen Should We Fall Behind by Sharon Duggal as one of 6 recently-published books to be featured on the show alongside bestselling books from last year. The six-part TV series will be aired in May 2021 and each show will see a celebrity panel discuss a big hitter book as well as a newly-published book which, according to the show’sRead More
  • Prima Magazine – the Oct/Nov Book of the Month and a Book of the Year 2020 - 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.
  • 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
  • Yorkshire Times: Review -   Review: Should We Fall Behind Hebden Bridge publishers Bluemoose Books has dedicated 2020 to showcasing the work of female authors. Brighton writer Sharon Duggal is one of those. Her second novel – Should We Fall Behind is a story of the forgotten, the ordinary and the invisible, and how their lives slowly become entwined. With characters less often seen in fiction – the homeless; single mothers; immigrants – the novel is refreshing, normalising the ‘different’ without sensation. Tiny actions the characters makeRead More
  • Announcement: Should We Fall Behind, the second novel by Sharon Duggal will be published in October 2020 -   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      
  • Asian Voice Newspaper, Sharon Duggal: on The Book of Birmingham and the Pertinent Power of Authorship - 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