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February 2015 Book of the Month.

Beautifully simple yet holding a complicated truth, this is an intriguing and thought provoking read. The honesty and openness of the writing emphasises, without complicating the subject matter. As Celia and Miriam tell their stories, their voices change and evolve, you can quite literally hear them speak as you read. The author allows each character to discover themselves, ensuring their troubles, thoughts and feelings are accentuated and experienced. This quietly strong and eloquent read allows emotions to be felt and realised, encourages contemplation and reflection and while at times is heartrending also contains a breath of optimism that whispers and floats from the pages. ~ Liz Robinson

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Celia Mphephu works as a maid for Mr and Mrs Steiner in a cosy white suburb of 1960s Johannesburg, but when Nelson Mandela burns his passbook and young black men start to flock to the anti-apartheid protests, the ensuing violence prompts the Sussmans to leave South Africa and return to Norfolk. They offer to adopt Celia’s little girl, Miriam, in order to give her a better life in England. Poor little Miriam, however, discovers that life in cold, wet Norfolk is pretty brutal in its own way. Beautifully written, this is an extraordinary and very powerful story of brutality and degradation, but also of love and loss that lingers on long after the book is finished.

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