The Landlord of Hummingbird House: a stunning debut novel by Jane Harvey.
April needs somewhere to live, and peace and quiet to heal her wounds. The tenants of Hummingbird House have other ideas.
When April moves into Hummingbird House, she is intrigued by her mysterious landlord, Dai.
With a bruised heart and a distinct lack of furniture, she spends the summer getting to know the other occupants. As she smartens up her home and makes peace with her recent past, she befriends Paul, a solitary ex-chef, and Betty, an elderly lady who lives in the basement flat.
But Hummingbird House holds many secrets, and the relationships of the tenants are not as straightforward as they seem. April learns some shocking truths one eventful night, and realises that victims and villains can look the same.
The Landlord of Hummingbird House is a contemporary novel exploring unlikely friendships, unexpected love interests, and family relationships. Here, everyone is in need of a second chance – and appearances can be deceptive.
“An honest and heartfelt novel of personal connection, layer by layer. Jane Harvey’s The Landlord of Hummingbird House is cosy and warm while addressing real discomforts, regrets, and traumas. From heartbreakingly empathetic characters to descriptive settings, this novel will tingle your senses and stir up your sympathy.” Independent Book Review
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This novel grew out of a short story I wrote about two people who lived close by but kept missing each other. I am interested in the ideas of fate and chance, and how lives can be influenced by the people we meet.
The Landlord of Hummingbird House is different from my original short story as the tenants are constantly meeting and interacting, but it is also based on people coming and going, and because the book tells different chapters from different points of view, the reader has the benefit of knowing that they could help each other, or perhaps that they might befriend each other, if only they know. Perhaps willing them to share things, or see the truth.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
That's a difficult question… sometimes I deliberately choose to write from the point of view of a specific character to challenge myself. For example, I have written a short story from the point of view of a young girl who is an elective mute. Sometimes, I choose characters that I feel are underrepresented, to give them a voice and also – I hope – to make the book more intriguing. And I don't ever base my characters wholesale on people I know!
April spent that evening sat on a coverless duvet, that was stuffed into a bin bag. She had her one special chair, of course, but it was piled high with books and a random box of kitchen utensils. She couldn’t be bothered to move it all; was happy to drink her lager on the floor. It was her floor, and she appreciated it.
She had done very little after her neighbour left. She’d intended to continue with lifting and sorting but after she had stopped to chat, she realised how thirsty she was and had taken what was intended to be a break, but soon developed into a downing of tools. First, she had tea and water. Now she was on her second beer, alongside a dinner of peanuts and an overripe banana. But why not? It had been a long day.
She took in the flat. Dimming now as evening set in, the light in this room had been bright and airy for most of the day. The ceilings were high and dramatic. It had been good timing for her (using the term ‘good’ in its loosest possible sense, of course) to be moving in during the school summer holidays. The large, deep windows faced south and as she was on the first floor, she was considering having no blinds or sheers to cover them. It would be a shame to do so. Perhaps in the bedroom, which had less of the light anyway, but not here. Not in this wonderful space.
April thought perhaps she had actually landed on her feet.
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