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Marion Molteno
Marion Molteno
Marion grew up in South Africa at a time of political conflict, lived for some years in Zambia where her children were born, and then had to leave suddenly after another political crisis. She has lived in Britain since 1976. She has organized adult education provision, pioneered educational projects with multi-ethnic communities, and is now an advisor on children's rights to Save the Children, supporting projects with disadvantaged children in over fifty countries. She has written and lectured widely on issues of language, culture and education.

She has won prizes for both her earlier novels - If you can walk, you can dance won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for the best book in the Africa region, and was selected in the top 20 titles in the New Zealand Women's Book Festival. A shield of coolest air won the David Thomas prize. Her short story collection, A language in common, has been translated into five languages. The Bracelets was a winner in the London short story competition and published by Serpent's Tail in Well Sorted.

Uncertain LightMarionís latest novel, Uncertain Light, is being published by
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Somewhere More Simple
Somewhere More Simple

A book it's difficult to put down. An absorbing exploration of coming to terms with love, loss and belonging, set against the vividly evoked atmosphere of the Isles of Scilly.
A small community, cut off from Cornwall by thirty miles of sea. At the whim of Atlantic storms. A landscape lit by a shifting kaleidoscope of colour and light . Cari returns as a young teacher to the islands that captured her imagination in childhood. Now they take her way beyond known waters. Find out more...
If you can walk you can dance
If you can walk you can dance

Beautifully written, entertaining and moving, this book won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for the best book from the Africa region. The story of a young woman's life on the run across frontiers, cultures and life-styles - and an exploration of the power of music.
As a politically naÔve student, Jennie suddenly has to flee her native South Africa with a boyfriend she had almost decided to leave - to be stranded as an exile in neighbouring Swaziland. Fending for herself in a new culture, she discovers ways of living and a kind of music that she connects with unexpectedly strongly. Find out more...

A Shield of Coolest Air
A Shield of Coolest Air

This moving and inspiring novel, set among Somali refugees in London, received rave reviews on 1st publication and won the David Thomas prize for fiction.
Rachel arrives in London from South Africa to make a new home for herself and her three young children while her news-photographer husband jets from one international trouble spot to another. In the school playground she meets another mother, more recently arrived from Somalia and still looking as if she doesn't know where she has landed. Find out more...
A Language in Common
A Language in Common

A vivid collection of stories based on the author's years an an adult education worker, mainly among women from India and Pakistan. The society in which they find themselves is alien, often hostile. Yet as they discover more about each other friendships develop across the boundaries of language and culture. Find out more...
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