Praise for Forever and Ever Amen
This is a story that should be told and here is a fresh new voice to tell it.
Excels at capturing the texture of its times.
The Sunday Express
A magical depiction of a Moss Side childhood, with more musical numbers than The Wizard of Oz.
An unusually intelligent and beautiful childhood memoir set in Manchester’s Moss Side at the end of the sixties… Forever and Ever Amen describes the adventures of nine-year-old James, in the month before his family move “up in the world” to Ashton-under-Lyne. The young hero’s vivid imagination blends reality with dreams, nightmares and fantasy, creating a world of bright colour, sensory delight and innocent glee… The real delight is Pemberton’s easy musical prose. Mundane episodes are twisted through James’ eyes into fantastic Hollywood adventures and the dialogue sparkles with natural wit… Much of the charm of the novel is in its innocence and lack of cynicism.
The Big Issue in the North
There are many good reasons to read this book, not least for its insights into a community still little understood in Britain, and a portrait of Moss Side far removed from its usual “guns ‘n’ gangs” image. Third Alternative
Joe Pemberton was born in Moss Side, Manchester in 1960. His parents emigrated from the West Indies to England in the late fifties, before moving to Ashton-under-Lyne in 1970. He has worked as an electrical engineer and a college lecturer. He has had two novels published, Forever and Ever Amen and A Long Time Dead, and is working on a third.