Black Orchids

by Gillian Slovo

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A very moving and thoughtful novel about integration in the 1950’s. Having left Ceylon partly due to their treatment by Emil’s family, Evelyn and Emil move to England, but they struggle with their relationship as the effects of the narrow-minded views of those around them take their toll on the whole family.

Black Orchids Synopsis

When the genteely impoverished and rebellious Evelyn marries the charming Emil, scion of a privileged Sinhalese family, she thinks that her dream of a life in England can now at last come true. So the family travel, with their young son Milton, from Ceylon to Tilbury Docks. But this is England in the 1950s and, no matter how hard Evelyn wishes that it would, England does not take kindly to strangers, especially families who are half black and half white.

A profound and moving novel, this is the story about the search to feel at home in your own skin.

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ISBN: 9781844083107
Publication date: 06/11/2008
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9781844083107
Publication date: 6th November 2008
Author: Gillian Slovo
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction,
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About Gillian Slovo

Gillian Slovo (father Joe Slovo, mother Ruth First) was educated in Britain where she has spent all her adult life. Since Nelson Mandela's release she has made frequent visits to South Africa. She has written seven books.

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