OBSERVER BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2012
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Amal is driving his wife Claud from London to her parents’ country house. In the wake of Claud’s miscarriage, it is a journey that will push their relationship – once almost perfect – towards possible collapse.
In this, his latest novel, Govinden casts a critical eye on a society in which, in spite of never-ending advances in social media communications, the young still find it difficult to communicate.
A devastatingly passionate and real portrait of a marriage, ‘Black Bread White Beer’ keenly captures the abandon, selfishness, hazards and pleasures that come with giving your life to another.
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But the unremitting focus on the couple's self-absorption makes the novel's range feel a little narrow: it's attentively done but not necessarily worth chopping down trees for.Read Full Review of Black Bread White Beer | See more reviews from Guardian