Though written last year, this collection became a timely, prophetic, poignant and perfect accompaniment to the year of pandemic and Black Lives Matter. Racism, identity, Grenfell Towers, Windrush are constant themes but far from being just a political piece, A Portable Paradise is a thing of beauty. Brutal tales of suffering are told starkly amid the beauty of life, living and families.

Jim Monaghan
Bella Caledonia