July 25, at 1: After I admit rather honestly.. I have been unable to put it down and that has not happened for a long time.. I only wish I read it sooner, although having said that.. I have never written to an author before but to echo some of the comments above.. I felt as if I needed to, having gone on the journey with Little Bee and Sarah and the way it made me feel so many emotions, then onto your website…seeing the passion for your art is wonderful…I cannot wait to read Gold!
Not to mention my love for Kingston, having been a student close by during my Uni years at Roehampton where our campus was very close to Richmond Park and many memories were revisited from there, when reading.. The book also sparked other memories for me; I worked in Peckham and the sorrounding areas for 4 years, for a charity supporting disabled children and their families.. One of the reocurring themes was the fear of how their child would be treated if they returned home.. As well as the terrifying ordeal of coming to terms with the fact some of these children were products of rape.
Being a young, white middle class woman in my first real job.. But amongst all the bad stuff, I enjoyed working in such a strong, vibrant community and met some incrediable people and learnt so much about myself. I have 2 great friends from Nigerian background who I am also going to reccomend your novel too! I have always had an interest in Africa and have volunteered in Ghana, teaching in a school and travelled around and want to see so much more of this incrediable continent and I will, with hopefully my new skills..
I am currently studying a Diploma in Child Counselling using Intergrative Arts and once a little established here after gaining my accreditation my hope is to return to Africa and work with children and families who have been through trauma and use the Arts with them as a form of therapy…. I am sure I will be learning from them! This is why reading your book now has been such good timing… What has been amazing and I thankyou for this is the realisation that story telling and writing is such a special art and creates such imagery to the individual reader.
I also wanted to ask you, as it seems a hot topic at the moment to send your novel to David Cameron! Seriously though, as much as I agree with you and feel like more needs to be done to rid the stigma attatched to asylum seekers in the UK, we are facing a huge immigration problem and we are only an island.. Thankyou for moving me and inspiring me further in my ambition.
You have a gift-Thankyou for sharing it.