LONG TIME NO SEE

Hannah Lowe

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Hannah Lowe’s father “Chick”, a half-Chinese, half-black Jamaican immigrant, worked long hours at night to support his family – except Chick was no ordinary working man. A legendary gambler, he would vanish into the shadows of East London to win at cards or dice, returning during the daylight hours to greet the daughter whose love and respect he courted.

In this poignant memoir, Lowe calls forth the unstable world of card sharps, confidence men and small-time criminals that eventually took its toll on Chick. She also evokes her father’s Jamaica, where he learned his formidable skills, and her own coming of age in a changing Britain.

Long Time No See speaks eloquently of love and its absence, regret and compassion, and the struggle to know oneself.

WHY WE LOVE THIS BOOK

A loving but remote dad whose inner demons spur him to the status of master gambler; scenes of racially charged and often plain intolerant Essex life in the 1980s; and flashbacks to a Jamaica that was itself a curry of social tensions: such narrative elements endow this gently paced memoir with more than its share of dramatic complexity. It is insightful, questioning and told with an impressive generosity of spirit.

Paperback • 204mm x 138mm • ISBN 9781859643969 • 336 pages • £9.99