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Jo McMillan - Author

About the Author

Jo McMillan grew up in the UK and has lived and worked in China and Malaysia. She is currently based in Berlin. Motherland is her first novel.

Featured books by Jo McMillan

Motherland A Novel

Motherland A Novel

Author: Jo McMillan Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit meets Goodbye Lenin. 'I hadn't expected the Berlin Wall to be clean and white and smooth. It looked more like the edge of the swimming baths than the edge of the Cold War. On the grass of No-man's Land, fat rabbits ate and strolled about as if they'd never been hunted and nothing could disturb them. This was their land and they ruled it, and there were three parts to Berlin: East, West and Rabbit.' It is 1978, Jess is thirteen and she already has a reputation - as the daughter of the only communist in town. But then, it's in the blood. The Mitchells have been in the Party since the Party began. Jess and her mother Eleanor struggle to sell socialism to Tamworth - a sleepy Midlands town that just doesn't want to know. So when Eleanor is invited to spend a summer teaching in East Germany, she and Jess leap at the chance to see what the future looks like. On the other side of the Iron Curtain they turn from villains into heroes. And when Eleanor meets widower Peter and his daughter, Martina, a new, more peaceful life seems possible. But the Cold War has no time for love and soon the trouble starts. Peter is dispatched for two years of solidarity work in Laos. Friends become enemies, and Jess discovers how easy it is to switch sides, and how sides can be switched for you, sometimes without you even knowing. Motherland is a tender mother-daughter story and a tragi-comic portrait of a childhood overcome with belief. It's about loss of faith and loss of innocence, and what it's like to grow up on the losing side of history.

Other books by Jo McMillan

Motherland A Novel

Motherland A Novel

Author: Jo McMillan Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/06/2016

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit meets Goodbye Lenin. 'I hadn't expected the Berlin Wall to be clean and white and smooth. It looked more like the edge of the swimming baths than the edge of the Cold War. On the grass of No-man's Land, fat rabbits ate and strolled about as if they'd never been hunted and nothing could disturb them. This was their land and they ruled it, and there were three parts to Berlin: East, West and Rabbit.' It is 1978, Jess is thirteen and she already has a reputation - as the daughter of the only communist in town. But then, it's in the blood. The Mitchells have been in the Party since the Party began. Jess and her mother Eleanor struggle to sell socialism to Tamworth - a sleepy Midlands town that just doesn't want to know. So when Eleanor is invited to spend a summer teaching in East Germany, she and Jess leap at the chance to see what the future looks like. On the other side of the Iron Curtain they turn from villains into heroes. And when Eleanor meets widower Peter and his daughter, Martina, a new, more peaceful life seems possible. But the Cold War has no time for love and soon the trouble starts. Peter is dispatched for two years of solidarity work in Laos. Friends become enemies, and Jess discovers how easy it is to switch sides, and how sides can be switched for you, sometimes without you even knowing. Motherland is a tender mother-daughter story and a tragi-comic portrait of a childhood overcome with belief. It's about loss of faith and loss of innocence, and what it's like to grow up on the losing side of history.

Paradise Ost

Paradise Ost

Author: Jo McMillan Format: eBook Release Date: 14/03/2016

"e;Was fur eine DDR! Jo McMillan erzahlt aus dem Inneren eines Sogs: wie es war, dort, wo alle wegwollten, hinzuwollen. Sie erzahlt so anruhrend, mit einem so feinen Sinn furs Absurde, da man in diesen Sog sofort hineingerissen wird."e; Antje Ravic Strubel"e;Ich hatte nicht erwartet, dass die Berliner Mauer sauber und wei und glatt sein wrde. Sie sah mehr wie die Einfassung eines Schwimmbads aus als die Grenze zum Kalten Krieg. Auf dem Gras des Niemandslandes hoppelten dicke Kaninchen herum und fraen, als wrde niemand sie je jagen und nichts knnte sie aus der Ruhe bringen. Das war ihr Gebiet, hier herrschten sie. Berlin bestand aus drei Teilen: Ost, West und Kaninchenland."e;Als Jess mit ihrer Mutter Ende der 70er Jahre nach Ost-Berlin kommt, ist die Englnderin berrascht davon, wie anders die Welt jenseits des Eisernen Vorhangs aussieht. Fr ihre Mutter geht ein Lebenstraum in Erfllung: Endlich ist fr die glhende Kommunistin der Sozialismus tatschlich real existierend, ist die Lehrerin geachtet und nicht mehr belchelte Minderheit. Jess hingegen erfhrt bald, was es heit, im Land der Gleichen anders zu sein. Aus anfangs kuriosen Unterschieden werden kaum auszuhaltende Widersprche zwischen Anspruch und Wirklichkeit, und bald steht Jess vor einer schweren Entscheidung - zwischen ihrer Mutter und ihrer Freiheit. Ein warmherzig-humorvoller Roman ber das Erwachsenwerden unter ganz besonderen Bedingungen - und eine Zeitreise in eine vergangene Welt, die aus dieser Perspektive noch nie betrachtet wurde.

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