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by | Read by Lenny Henry, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Ray Panthaki, Sagar Arya

Fiction • 18.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2000

This multicultural novel is populated with a diverse cast, including Caribbean and Muslim characters. That's why the range of narrators used to dramatize the three families, the Joneses, Iqbals, and Chalfens, is essential to the listening experience. Lenny Henry, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Ray Panthaki, and Sagar Arya work together to create a juxtaposition of immigrant lives. The narrators alternate between the memories and antics of two fathers, Archie and Samad, and their children. The story explores the tensions between immigrants and native-born Britons in contemporary London. Arya captures the frustrations of Iqbal, making real his dislocation and discomfort. Bennett-Warner makes the most of the character Irie. Make sure there are no children present while enjoying this irreverent audiobook. M.R. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2018]

Trade Ed. • Random House Audio • 2018

DD ISBN 9780525634140 $30.00


Library Ed. • Books on Tape • 2018

DD ISBN 9780525634157 $95.00

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