Conjuring the world of 1950s Kingston, Jamaica, the Blues parties and early carnivals of Ladbroke Grove, the flower stalls and vinyl riflers of modern-day Portobello Road, and the famous leap and fall of Russian dancer Vaslav Nijinsky, Evans creates a haunting and visceral family mystery about absence and inheritance.
As a child Lucas thought that all children who’d lost their parents lived on water. Now a restless young man still living with his sister Denise on their West London narrowboat, he determines to find out more about the unexplained disappearance of his father, the charismatic Jamaican dancer, Antoney Matheus.
Thus unfolds a journey from fifties Kingston to Sixties Notting Hill and the host of unforgettable characters who peopled Antoney’s theatrical world, most importantly Carla, Lucas’s mother. The result is a haunting family mystery of absence and inheritance, the battle between love and creativity, and what drives a young man to take flight…