It is a sweet, rather than charged story that London poet and author Bernardine Evaristo tells here, and though ‘Mr Loverman’ is not as obviously politically or socially challenging as her previous work (which won her an MBE in 2009), the poignant tragi-comedy goes some way toward exposing the stifling effects of a culture engrained with prejudice.
Bernadine Evaristo's novel 'Mr Loverman' is published by Hamish Hamilton on August 29 priced £8.99. Click here to buy a copy.
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The Painted Lady
Located on a street that boasts APC and a Conran Hotel as neighbours, the Painted Lady could be forgiven for going a bit upmarket. However, this gently lit, cute little salon is much more interested than what was going on in 1950s hairdressing than the contemporary Shoreditch scene. As well as contemporary cuts and colour, the stylists at TPL specialise in screen-siren up-dos (£40) like Marilyn waves or Hepburn rolls. They even dispense lessons for groups in retro styling, so you can recreate the magic of the salon in your own bedroom.
Venue says: “Book in for a complimentary mini Olaplex treatment (worth £20) with your cut and finish. Mention code 'Love My Hair' when you book.”