She Left Me the Gun

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Subtitle: My Mothers Life Before Me
Author: Emma Brockes
Publisher: Faber and Faber (2013)
ISBN-10: 0571275842
ISBN-13: 9780571275847
Condition: Very Good. Light wear to cover, edges and corners.
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 340
Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.2 x 2.6 cm

Weight: 0.47 kg

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When Emma Brockes was ten years old her mother said, "One day I will tell you the story of my life and you will be amazed". Growing up in a tranquil English village. Emma knew very little about her mother's life. She knew Paula had grown up in South Africa and had seven siblings. She had been told stories about deadly snakes and hailstones the size of golf balls. There was mention, once, of a trial, but most of the past was a mystery.
When her mother dies of cancer. Emma - by then a successful journalist at the Guardian - is free to investigate the untold story. Her search begins in the Colindale library but then takes her to South Africa to the extended family she has never met and their accounts of a childhood so different to her own. She encounters versions of the life her mother chose to leave behind - and realises what a gift her mother gave her.

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