Skin Overcoat is a novel of 135,000. Set in contemporary England, it covers stern ground:
  
                            Race & identity: who decides who’s black?
                            Black/white duplicity (including sexual)
                            Beauty
                            Money
                            Religion
                            Family
 
Overview: Jimmy’s a talented young composer. Yet more and more self-conscious because of being black in a racially unsure England. Apart from music, his refuge is in accountable women: black women on one side of the road, white in the mist.
 
Eventually the picture is clear. A bleak old man points out that a version of the Black Panthers had been in 1970s England: the way ahead seemed sure in those days but nobody saw hypocrites lurking. Now, key signposts are blank; they could use a new coat of paint. But who’s to do it? 
  

America, South Africa, the UK, anywhere with ethnic doubts: Skin Overcoat is one place to get beyond ethnic cliches. It is published by Searchwell Books (ISBN 978-0-9552841-2-0).

 

                 Available in e-book for £9.99 from: www.amazon.co.uk/Skin-Overcoat

        In paperback for $14.99 (plus p&p) from: www.amazon.com/Skin-Overcoat

      Searchwell Books, PO BOX 52175, London E8 9AX, England. 
            email: editor@searchwell.co.uk