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What Goes Round Paperback – 1 July 2003

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"Clarke's debut offering is both accomplished and tantalising." -- Pride Magazine, August 2003

'For lovers of Caribbean literature, a humorous, character-packed account of a man's return to Jamaica with his teenage daughter' -- Bookseller, January, 2003

'Robust and vivid ... [with] a sinister old mystery, obsession and sorcery' -- Mslexia, Spring, 2003

'Wonderfully vivid! What Goes Round's rich cast of characters leapt off the page to live on in my imagination' -- Suzannah Dunn

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When Frank returns to Jamaica for Poppa Ben's funeral, the past he's ignored comes back to haunt him, in particular his old love Rose who's convinced that Frank's destiny is entwined with hers...With its exception ear for Jamaican patois, this will appeal to all lovers of the Caribbean and readers seeking fresh new voices in black British fiction. 'Gah lang!' Sol said. 'But yuh can only run fa so long an so far before it catch up wid yuh.' 'Before what catch up with me?' Sol smiled, dimples inverted commas in his cheeks and teeth gleaming vampire white against black skin. 'Your past, Frank. And Rose...' When Frank returns to Jamaica for Poppa Ben's funeral, he discovers that life isn't like his accounting books - he can't start a new page because he's made a mess of the last one. People keep coming back. One in particular: his old love Rose who's convinced that because 'him body mark in some way' Frank's destiny is entwined with hers...Meanwhile, the teenage Jewelle - flummoxed by her new daily chores, antagonised by Nancy the housegirl, but seduced by the island's beauty - is determined to unravel 'dis big people business' that no one will tell her about.

And so she learns some grown-up lessons - including one from her damn feisty Aunt B on how to get an honest Jamaican price when doing business...What Goes Round is passionate, enticing and full of humour. With its exceptional ear for Jamaican speech rhythms and real understanding of 'back home', it will appeal to all lovers of the Caribbean and those on the lookout for fresh voices in black British fiction.

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