Tiny Sunbirds Far Away (Paperback)
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Tiny Sunbirds Far Away (Paperback)

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Paperback 480 Pages
Published: 01/12/2011
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Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 

Everything changed after Mama found Father lying on top of another woman.

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 at the Royal Imperial Hotel - only married women can work there - and soon they have to quit their air-conditioned apartment to go and live with their grandparents in a compound in the Niger Delta.

Adapting to life with a poor countryside family is a shock beyond measure after their privileged upbringing in Lagos.

Told in Blessing's own beguiling voice, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away shows how some families can survive almost anything. At times hilarious, always poignant, occasionally tragic, it is peopled with characters you will never forget.

'This is not a bleak book: there is humour and love, especially in the growing relationship between Blessing and her grandmother, a traditional midwife. Absorbing and passionate' - Guardian

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781849163750
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 324 g
Dimensions: 199 x 130 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

An immensely absorbing novel. It is both heart-wrenching and consoling - Chika Unigwe

The gripping, triumphant tale of a girl who chooses life over loss, in a sweet but savage world where oil is bled from the earth - Lola Shoneyin, author of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives

Watson's descriptions of character and place are beautifully observed - Independent

Heart-warming - Telegraph

Absorbing and passionate - Guardian

Readability and literary merit go hand in hand in this vibrant gem of a novel - Costa Judges

An excellent novel. It takes the reader deep into the reality of ordinary life in Nigeria and is also funny, moving and politically alert - Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland

A fascinating, poignant story that had me laughing in places and deeply moved in others - Ike Anya

Skilfully treading the fine line between gritty hardship and homespun warmth ... Christie Watson's affecting but unsentimental debut earns its place in the sun - Independent

Funny, tragic and moving all in the right places - Pride

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“Must read”

This novel, which begins in Lagos and then moves to the Niger Delta, is the story of Blessing and how she survives family breakup, poverty and bereavement. It is a very evocative and well written book which will have... More

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“What a book!”

I read this book from cover to cover in one rather sedentary day off.
With memorable characters, vivid description of the Niger Delta and life therein, this novel will break your heart piece by piece and then rebuild... More

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“Highly recommended”

This is an incredible book that manages to be both moving and funny. It describes life in the oil-rich Niger Delta, capturing the beauty and intense heat as well as the extreme poverty of so many of the people; I had... More

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