Tiny Sunbirds Far Away

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Blessing and her brother Ezikiel adore their larger-than-life father, their glamorous mother and their comfortable life in Lagos. But all that changes when their father leaves them for another woman. Their mother is fired from her job and soon they have to quit their air-conditioned apartment to go and live with their grandparents in a sprawling compound in the Niger Delta. Adapting to life with a poor countryside family is a shock: Grandfather Alhaji is a firm believer in the healing properties of Marmite, while Grandma has a secret profession. And then there’s Alhaji’s new wife, Celestine. But as Blessing settles into this new life, she realizes that things are not as idyllic as they seem. Ezikiel and Mama are being drawn into separate worlds of fear and love that threaten to tear the family apart.Told in Blessing’s own beguiling voice, Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away shows how some families can survive almost anything. At times hilarious, occasionally tragic, always poignant, it is a story you won’t soon forget. Blessing and her brother Ezikiel adore their larger-than-life father, their glamorous mother and their comfortable life in Lagos. But all that changes when their father leaves them for another woman. Author: Christie Watson | Print ISBN: 978-9785023800 | Format: 127 x 192mm | No of Pages: 251 | Publication Date: 2012

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Christie Watson

Christie Watson trained as a nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital and worked for over ten years as a children’s nurse before writing. She has a Masters of Arts in Creative Writing at University of East Anglia, and is a winner of the Malcolm Bradbury Bursary. Christie lives in South London with her Nigerian Muslim partner, and their large dual heritage, multi-faith family. She reads widely and she writes every day, even on Christmas.

Click here to watch Christie Watson being interviewed on the BBC’s Meet the Author show.

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