Book Review – Ten Days

by Gillian Slovo (Canongate) ISBN: 9781782116400

Gillian Slovo’s novel about political expediency and personal disenfranchisement looks at how lives are ruined and careers are made when small misjudgements have profound effects on frustrated communities.

Lovelace Estate is scheduled for demolition and is slowly being boarded up while the residents are still living there. England is suffering from a heat wave and a drought. The metropolitan police have flat 45 under surveillance and they have photographed a man called Banji whose mission is to protect a retarded man called Reuben. Circumstances force the police to shoot Reuben. Everyone is up in arms.

Violence grips the estate and a police car is torched. Lovelace is burning. This thriller is about the violence in the streets of London. Politics collide with policing and the greed of the politicians is overriding. There are many characters in the story, each playing a vital part in the novel.

Dee Andrew

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Posted on: 6th March 2017