“Religion is a human invention – love isn’t. It lives inside every person, no matter who they are, or what they do or do not believe in. Love is the only thing a person truly needs to believe in to receive love in return.”
Being an only child growing up in a Chinese immigrant family, Shen lives a relatively quiet and sheltered life in comparison to most other British teenagers. His parents, who ended up running a small Chinese restaurant, work tirelessly to make sure their only child is given the opportunities that they missed out on in life.
It's a day like any other, when Shen becomes witness to a traumatic incident on his usual route to school. From that moment on, his peaceful and uneventful teenage life takes a drastic turn as he struggles to cope with the grim memories of that fateful morning.
Shen embarks on a very personal journey in an attempt to understand what happened. In the weeks and months that follow, he finds himself hurled into a turbulent world driven by fear, prejudice and social injustice.
33 Ermine Street is a touching yet confronting novel, set against the backdrop of a heavily polarized Britain.
out of 5 star reviews
A riveting story, with unique characters, and interesting place settings.
33 Ermine Street is quite exciting. The hidden hideousness behind what seem to be perfectly normal society will grip your heart and never let go. This is a memorable read.
Much as i like using Kindle this is just the sort of book i would lend to friends if it was available in paperback. An ideal read for book clubs.
An impressive first novel. The author of this book has real talent as a story teller.
Good read with the second half of the book keeping you in suspense.
All in all, I think this is a decent debut novel.
An enjoyable read with an unexpected turn. Towards the end I just couldn't put it down as I wanted to know how it ended.
Overall, it is a very good novel! It has a lot of surprising elements for you to keep reading. I would recommend anyone who likes general fiction and for those who are looking for a fresh read!