Monday, 12 April 2010


This is a novel by South African poet and author Finuala Dowling. She's a lovely woman who runs delightful poetry workshops (though it's been a while since I've been to one). I can't help feeling that the book is semi-autobiographical, but I have nothing on which to base that except a knowledge of certain parallels in the author's life.

This book is about so many things that I don't really know where to begin or how to describe. It's beautifully written and you should all go out and buy a copy so as to support local authors. Also, there's just something timeless about the struggle to survive - a divorced woman with a child to bring up, who takes badly paid teaching jobs and tries to circumnavigate bureaucracy and various other things in an effort to actually teach her students something worth learning.

Highly recommended.

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