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These Streets by Luan Goldie

‘Real’ Life Not Sugar Coated

These Streets by Luan Goldie is a fascinating look at contemporary life in east London.

The reader is introduced to two families – a single mum with two teens and an elderly father nearby, and a single dad separated from his six year old daughter. All the characters are unique, warm and welcoming. Luan Goldie gives us glimpses into their lives as we witness that it is not money that makes us happy but love and friendship. Some of the richest people are materially poor but with huge hearts.

We witness how our school days form the adults we become. They leave a lasting impression on our lives, for better or for worse. Bad experiences still have the power to hurt twenty years down the line.

There is no such thing as a ‘typical’ family. Families are unique in their make-up and their functioning.

We see a mother’s pride for her children as she puts their needs first. It is sacrificial love in action. Sometimes the truth is hidden in order to protect. We also see the children trying to sort lives to make it easier for their mum. They are a lovely, caring family unit.

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Nightingale Point by Luan Goldie


Nightingale Point by Luan Goldie is a powerful novel about community and tragedy. It is set in London in 1996 but has its roots in Bijlmer, Amsterdam 1992 and the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Nightingale Point is a high rise block of flats. It is a cosmopolitan place where people from many varied backgrounds live. Their lives intersect on a daily basis.

There is a defining day – a day when everything changes. There will forever be a ‘before’ and ‘after’ in the lives of the residents. Those who witnessed this day will never be the same again. Memories and nightmares will haunt them as they relive what cannot be changed.

For some there are near misses. For others there are deep tragedies. For all there are lives changed forever one fatal day in 1996.

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