Book: Pomp and Circumstances by Sue Hamptoncategories: Book, Young Londoners Celebrate, One London Day, Cross-Cultural Love, Close Encounters, London Loves, Modern Romance
Sue Hamptonabout this book: Since reading Mrs Dalloway I had wanted to write a one-day novel, and in POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCES all the action takes place over twelve hours. The setting is London, April 2011, on Royal Wedding Day, so my research involved reading newspaper and internet accounts of the celebrations in order to recreate an atmosphere that feels authentic. But it isn't about William and Kate, and characters express a range of opinions on monarchy and the thrill/insanity of a city partying.
There are five young Londoners at the heart of the story but the central plot brings James and Hema together from very different backgrounds and through a series of unpredictable circumstances – and leaves readers to decide whether they have future. I've tried through flashbacks to open up the narrative and create a story that's bigger than one extraordinary day, with themes of grief, conflict and panic as well as many kinds of love. While it's a feel-good novel with plenty of humour, I hope it also goes deep and will convince as a lively portrait of a vibrant city full of contrasts.
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