Black orchids

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Virago, Nov 6, 2008 - Fiction - 374 pages
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When the genteely impoverished and rebellious Evelyn marries the charming Emil, scion of a privileged Sinhalese family, she thinks that her dream of a life in England can now at last come true. So the family travel, with their young son Milton, from Ceylon to Tilbury Docks. But this is England in the 1950s and, no matter how hard Evelyn wishes that it would, England does not take kindly to strangers, especially families who are half black and half white.A profound and moving novel, this is the story about the search to feel at home in your own skin.

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User Review  - kiwifortyniner - LibraryThing

This is the first novel I have read by this author. It is set in both Ceylon (as it was then called) and England and covers a period of twenty five years from the 1940s in Ceylon, to England from the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mumineurope - LibraryThing

Sri Lanka/Ceylon. Milton, Verena, Evelyn and Emil and racism Read full review

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She is a novelist living in London. She is the daughter of the anti-apartheid activists Joe Slovo & Ruth First.

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