The Housing Lark by Sam Selvon
'Irreverent, spirited ... a seriously funny novel' New York Review of Books
Sitting in his cramped basement room in Brixton, Battersby dreams of money, women, a T-bone steak - and a place to call his own. So he and a group of friends decide to save up and buy a house together.
But amid grasping landlords, the temptations of spending money and the less-than-welcoming attitude of the Mother Country, can this motley group of hustlers and schemers, Trinidadians and Jamaicans, men and women make their dreams a reality?
'Selvon's meticulously observed narratives of displaced Londoners' lives created a template for how to write about migrant, and post-migrant, London for countless writers who have followed in his wake, including Hanif Kureishi and Zadie Smith' Caryl Phillip