Lucky is the story of Etta, who is in her mid-thirties and keen to nudge her loving but commitment-phobic partner Ola towards marriage and children. Ola is worried about money and reluctant to get engaged before they have enough saved for a house deposit, so Etta quietly begins to make money on an online gambling site – until she begins losing. Soon she has secretly lost their entire savings. Luckily, Etta has made a friend on the site, a friend who has recently won big. Perhaps she can persuade him to give her a loan, just until she wins the money back. What could possibly go wrong?
It examines societal factors that can turn lives upside down: from the increasingly popular online gambling to migration and the movement of people. Ultimately, Lucky is a book that examines the risks we all take to survive.
Rachel Edwards is the author of Darling, a novel which charts the fast-evolving relationship between a black British woman, Darling, and her white stepdaughter, Lola.
Opening on the day of the Brexit vote, the book explores the deep tension and trickiness that comes from these lives colliding. Darling and Lola tell us their secrets as two families’ stories twist together to become one. Darling negotiates a new marriage, mindful of a Jamaican mother who has not let death stop her from giving advice and young son who needs all her love and care. But what is to be done about her and Lola.
In difficult times, racism threatens to corrupt society and even to corrupt love itself. But what happens when love has been wronged; when love itself turns? Within six months one of them is dead… Darling is a novel for dark times and a reminder that love must always win.