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Black Orchids

by Gillian Slovo
£11.99   paperback  Virago Press (2008)

Black Orchids by Gillian Slovo 'After the heat and grit of the main road it was dark and cool under the dense canopy of trees. Dappled light kept breaking through, washing everything, including the arms that she had wrapped around him, with green. She wished that whatever it was that he wanted to show her would be very far away.'
 
When the genteelly impoverished and rebellious Evelyn marries the charming Emil, scion of a rich and priviledged Sinhalese family, she thinks that her dream of a life in England can now at last come true. So the couple and her young son Milton make the long journey from Ceylon to Tilbury Docks. But this is England in the 1950s and, no matter how hard Evelyn wishes, England will not take kindly to strangers, especially families who are half black and half white.
 
A profound and moving novel about outsiders, race and Britain, Black Orchids is a story - humourous and poignant - about the search to feel at home in your own skin.

ISBN 13: 9781844083114 | ISBN 10: 184408311x