When he lands in London, our unnamed hero carries nothing but a cardboard suitcase full of memories and a longing to be reunited with his childhood friend, Shingi.
He ends up in Shingi’s Brixton squat where the inhabitants function at various levels of desperation. Shingi struggles to find meaningful work and meet the demands of his family back home; Tsitsi makes a living renting out her baby to women defrauding Social Services.
This is the story of a stranger in a stranger land – one of the thousands of illegal immigrants seeking a better life in England – with a past he is determined to hide.
Author: Brian Chikwava