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Donna Daley-Clarke was born in London to parents from Montserrat. She graduated in creative writing from UEA in 2001, and is the recipient of an Arts and Humanities Board Award (2000), a Jerwood Young Writer's apprenticeship award (2001), and Arts Council Award (2004), and the Hawthornden Castle fellowship (2005). She lives in Surrey.
A hugely charismatic football player who would have been a star in the 70s if it were not for the fact that he is black, makes a dreadful mistake and is imprisoned. Seen through the eyes of his son we are given an extraordinary story which is basically about accepting the past. Sensitive, beautifully written and unusual in its subject matter, this is a perfect gem and recent winner of a Commonwealth Writers' Best First Book Award. A lovely book.Similar this month: None.Comparison: Diana Evans, Pete Dexter.