She Left Me The Gun by Emma Brockes
The subject matter of this astonishing story may be grim but it is most definitely not a misery memoir.
Instead, Emma Brockes tackles her mother's extraordinarily horrific South African childhood with a clear-eyed, unsentimental and often fiercely witty approach, making the tale of abuse and escape into an engrossing and surprisingly uplifting read.
Like Lorna Sage's bestseller Bad Blood, it is destined to be a classic, a combination of riveting family drama and top-notch literary brilliance (and our book club February non-fiction choice for next year).
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