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Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay
  

Red Dust Road

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A 2013 World Book Night selection.

Shortlisted for the Galaxy Biography of the Year Award 2011.

Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 17 March 2011.

This charmingly written autobiography - about a young girl with a Nigerian father adopted by a wonderfully humane white Scottish couple - could have been a dark, complicated to read. But it isn't. There is clarity, warmth and a twinkle in the eye. A sense of someone who is comfortable in her own skin as she comes to terms with the meaning of love and her own sexuality. Thoughtful, tender, gentle and humane, Red Dust Road is a delight to read.

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Synopsis

Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay

From the moment when, as a little girl, she realizes that her skin is a different colour from that of her beloved mum and dad, to the tracing and finding of her birth parents, her Highland mother and Nigerian father, Jackie Kay's journey in Red Dust Road is one of unexpected twists, turns and deep emotions. In a book remarkable for its warmth and candour, she discovers that inheritance is about much more than genes: that we are shaped by songs as much as by cells, and that what triumphs, ultimately, is love.

Reviews

'Like the best memoirs, this one is written with novelistic and poetic flair. Red Dust Road is a fantastic, probing and heart-warming read' - Independent

'A clear-eyed, witty and unsentimental account of the push and pull between nature and nurture. Happiness shines through' - Sunday Times

'Wonderful, humane ...This is a book with resolution, determination and honesty' - Scotland on Sunday

'It is Kay's abundant wit that makes Red Dust Road such a moving, spirited work. This is a terrifically easy, evocative, and often amusing read ...A remarkable, soul-searching journey' - Sunday Herald

About the Author

Jackie Kay

Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh. She is a poet, novelist and writer of short stories and has enjoyed great acclaim for her work for both adults and children. Her novel Trumpet won the Guardian Fiction Prize and is a modern classic. She has published two collections of stories with Picador, Why Don't You Stop Talking and Wish I Was Here. She teaches at Newcastle University, and lives in Manchester.

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Publication date

4th March 2011

Author

Jackie Kay

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Publisher

Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
The Real World
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Autobiography: general

ISBN

9780330451062

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