Black Bread White Beer by Niven Govinden

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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.
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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.

 

About Niven Govinden

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Niven Govinden is the author of two previous novels, Graffiti My Soul and We are the New Romantics. He lives in Epsom.
 
Published September 6, 2012 by The Friday Project. 188 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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Reviewed by Alfred Hickling on Jun 14 2013

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.

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