The Housing Lark

Sam Selvon


A sparkling story of housing and hostility in ’60s London



ISBN: 9780241441329

Published August 2020

144 pages


Set in London in 1965, The Housing Lark follows a group of West Indian friends as they attempt to buy a house together in the city they now call home, while also navigating racist attitudes, sexual politics, exploitative landlords and brushes with the law.

Written with Selvon’s characteristic exuberance and humour, this is a vivid and moving depiction of the migrant experience, peopled by a compelling cast of schemers, dreamers and hustlers.

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Additional information

Weight 0.4 kg
Dimensions 20 × 13 × 5 cm