In 1982, the year of the Falklands War, three naïve and self-absorbed students move to the dystopic Lovelace Flats and become unwittingly embroiled in a series of deaths. Petra, Woody, and Stan know the flats are run-down and disreputable, but the year starts with a cold winter, and underfloor heating is included in the rent — as if the flats were built directly over the firepits of hell.
Praise for Lovelace Flats
A complex, ambitious, and deeply impressive novella, Lovelace Flats has real charm as well as an edge. Jupiter Jones builds a rich story-world from vivid settings, and her ensemble cast is a 1980s society in microcosm.
—Michael Loveday, author of Unlocking the Novella-in-Flash
Jupiter Jones is that rare thing — a writer with a voice entirely, unmistakably her own. In darkly comic prose, packed full of startling linguistic brio, Lovelace Flats transports us to the concrete walkways and landings of the 1980s inner-city flats. A tautly plotted story building to a terrifying climax.
—David Rhymes, author of The Last Days of the Union
In this novella, Jupiter Jones achieves a perfect balance of tension and humour. Each character, whether central or peripheral, is intricately drawn — complex, surprising, often vulnerable. I loved it.
—Johanna Robinson, author of Homing