a A fictionalized account of a true miscarriage of justice, this Booker anthology begins with the announcement of George VI’s death over the radio at a milk bar in Cardiff’s Tiger Bay, where Somali sailor Mahmud Matan stopped for coffee. 1952: Britain has a new queen, cracks appear in the empire, and pub patrons, among them Trinidadian, Somali and Maltese sailors, wonder which colony will achieve independence next.
The book is narrated by actor Hugh Quarchy, who skillfully navigates a host of multicultural characters, including shopkeeper Violet, who lives in the aftermath of the Jewish Genocide; her sister Diana; Diana’s young daughter, Grace; Mahmoud’s estranged wife, Laura; And a variety of police and prison officials. After Violet is brutally murdered in her shop during a burglary, the finger is pointed at Mahmoud, a petty gambler and thief and a big-hearted father of three who lives in a boarding house of “coloured” and is known among locals as “The Ghost.” His story is based on the case of the young man. The 28-year-old of the same name, who was convicted after a three-day trial and was among the last men executed in Wales.In 1998, his conviction was overturned.
Drawing on Muhammad’s evocative prose, Quarshie captures Mahmoud’s resilience as he attempts to clear his name, putting undue faith in a racist justice system and declaring that he will do anything to maintain the status quo.
The Fortune Men Available from Penguin Audio, 10 hours 32min.
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Anthony Doerr, 4th floor, 14h52
The Pulitzer Prize winner’s latest novel, ranging from 15th century Constantinople to a futuristic-era spaceship, was narrated by Marine Ireland and Simon Jones.
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Myriam MargoLiz, John Murray, 15 hours 7 minutes
Fascinating stories abound in these memoirs, which Margulis read herself, which are honest, poignant, and utterly unwise.