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Moses McKenzie in Conversation : An Olive Grove in Ends : The Small City Bookshop

Book launch
  • 22/03/23
  • 19:00 -
  • £5 entry / £10 entry + paperback

More details: https://www.thesmallcitybookshop.co.uk/event-details/moses-mckenzie-an-olive-grove-in-ends


Moses McKenzie at The Small City Bookshop

We are excited to kick-off our 2023 event with local author, Moses McKenzie, to discuss his debut novel set in Easton.

The dazzling debut novel about love, community and dreams deferred – by one of the Observer’s 10 must-read novelists of 2022.

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Sayon Hughes, a young Black man from Bristol, dreams of a world far removed from the one in which he was raised. Far removed from the torn slips outside the bookie’s, the burnt spoons and the crooked solutions his community embraces; most of all, removed from the Christianity of his uncaring parents and the prejudice of law-makers.

Growing up, Sayon found respite from the chaos of his environment in the love and loyalty of his brother-in-arms, Cuba; in the example of his cousin Hakim, a man once known as the most infamous drug-dealer in their neighbourhood, now a proselytising Muslim; and in the tenderness of his girl, Shona, whose own sense of purpose galvanises Sayon’s. In return, Sayon wants to give the people he loves the world: a house atop a grand hill in the most affluent area of the city, a home in which they can forever find joy and safety. But after an altercation in which a boy is killed, Sayon finds his loyalties torn and his dream of a better life in peril.

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