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Where Women are Kings by Christie Watson

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A heart-rending novel centred on a little boy who, aged seven, has already seen far more of the world than any little boy should. He is being raised by adopted parents, but his mother desperately wants him back and the book begins as her way of telling him his life story and where he came from. Readers who know Christie Watson will have first read her Costa First Novel winning Tiny Sun Birds Faraway and this is no disappointment, a beautiful if at times extremely harrowing exploration of families, where we come from and what ties us together.

If you like Christie Watson you might also like to read books by Helen Oyeyemi, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Lola Shoneyin.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Seven-year-old Elijah is one of life’s survivors. From birth, he had suffered nothing but hardship, confusion and abuse. He loved his mother with a passion, but with her ill health, she couldn’t care for him. When Nikki and Obi, a childless couple, adopt him, they are sure they can obliterate the pain and suffering of his past, and make his and their lives complete and happy again – but they hadn’t reckoned on a life-changing event that affected everything. Watson has written a harrowing tale examining painful issues of abuse, mental health, adoption and loneliness with incredible sensitivity and perception.
~ Caroline White


Where Women are Kings by Christie Watson

Elijah, seven years old, is covered in scars and has a history of disruptive behaviour. His adoptive mother Nikki believes that she and her husband Obi are strong enough to accept his difficulties - and that being white will not affect her ability to raise a black son. Elijah's birth mother Deborah loves her son like the world has never known. Elijah thinks it's his fault they can't be together. Each of them faces more challenges than they could have dreamed, but just as Elijah starts to settle in, a shocking event rocks their fragile peace and the result is devastating.


'Uplifting, heartwarming'
Pride Magazine

. 'Kept us gripped throughout ... stayed with us long after we'd finished the final page

. 'Expertly handles delicate, culturally sensitive issues ... Elijah's voice shines through the pages, making him a character who is memorable long after the story ends
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About the Author

Christie Watson

Christie Watson trained as a paediatric nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and worked as a nurse, educator and senior sister for over ten years before joining UEA for her MA in Creative Writing, where she won the Malcolm Bradbury Bursary. Christie lives in South London with her Nigerian Muslim partner and their large dual heritage, multi-faith family.

Author photo © Cheryl George

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31st July 2014


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Quercus Publishing


400 pages


Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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