Author’s new book looks at dating in London from the black perspective

An author’s new book reveals the trials and tribulations of dating in your mid-thirties from the black perspective in London.

Symona’s Still Single, Lisa Bent’s debut romance novel is now on sale.

Beginning as a memoir compiled from blogs and Facebook posts, Lisa created this novel to question what it means to exist and be a Black woman looking for love in the UK.

Symona’s understanding of her identity, fears and beliefs run throughout the book alongside her failed relationships, past trauma and powerful sisterhood.

Examining the psychological impact and inner self work required to heal and thrive, this is not your average romance novel.

At a time when representations of Black love and Black romance are at the forefront of collective imaginations, Lisa’s debut novel is an exciting addition to the literary landscape.

“Blindspots and repeating patterns exist in all our stories,” said Lisa. “Symona’s journey of reflection shows the power of self-exploration. In turn, gently nudging you to look at yours.

“My journey is my story. Which is valid and matters. Black British authors especially in the romance genre are lacking, I hope my voice, my South London voice resonates.

“I still love South London because Greenwich Park is one of my favourite park in London and Blackheath is a hidden gem.

“Growing up in South London has contributed so much to my journey. When a DJ asks “make some noise if you’re from South London” the club will always roar with the loudest cheers.

“People from South London, get about. We will travel anywhere for an experience and I love that.”

Lisa Bent is part of #Twentyin2020 a cohort of 20 Black British writers to be published in the same year, a first in the UK.

She is also part of The Black Writers Guild.

Valerie Brandes, founder of Jacaranda books who published Lisa’s book, said: “Lisa Bent is an original talent who, in writing Symona’s Still Single, has given us a keen insight into a world rarely imagined in fiction, that of the modern British Black woman.”



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