|A Shield of Coolest Air
By Marion Molteno
about the book
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.
As Rachel gets drawn into the complexities of Haleemo's life story and those of other Somali refugees, she takes on far more than she would once have felt ready to; and unexpected things happen in her own personal life.
'A beautiful piece of fiction, uncovering hidden realities. Its significance extends beyond its setting in Britain to anywhere where cruelty and injustice prevail.'
Nawal el Saadawi, Egyptian writer
'This is one of those books I didn't want to end. It affirms the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity and honours the power of love. It is moving and beautiful. And if that sounds corny, I don't care.'
'So successfully has Molteno breathed life into her characters that we get a real sense of their vulnerability, their fury, their sadness and their astonishing resilience.'
Independent on Sunday
ISBN: 978 0 9554373 4 2
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Books by Marion Molteno are distributed
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