Delia Jarrett-Macauley Moses Citizen and Me

ISBN 13: 9781862078147

Moses Citizen and Me

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9781862078147: Moses Citizen and Me

When Julia flies in to war-scarred Sierra Leone from London, she is apprehensive about seeing her uncle Moses for the first time in 20 years. But nothing could have prepared her for her encounter with her eight-year-old cousin, Citizen, a former child soldier, and for the shocking truth of what he has done. Driven by a desire to understand Citizen, Julia takes the disturbed child into the bush. There they meet other child soldiers, and a storyteller, Bemba G., who provides a safe haven for them all and strives to return them to childhood through play, love, story-telling, and performance. As Julia gradually rediscovers Africa, the different generations of her family rediscover their bonds. And then Bemba G. directs the child soldiers in a version of Julius Caesar, with powerful effect.

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About the Author:

Delia Jarrett-Macauley is a writer, broadcaster, and academic, and the author of The Life of Una Marson, 1905-65, a biography of the BBC's first black program maker.


"* 'A novel remarkable for its slowed, measured pulse and its calm analysis, its keenness to promise hope and rehabilitation even after the worst' Ali Smith, Guardian * 'A courageous look at what happens to those expendable children...spirited, sometimes beautiful writing' Ruth Pavey, Independent * 'The civil war in Sierra Leone provides the horrific backdrop in Delia Jarrett-Macauley's debut...her understated prose a foil to the bleak and disturbing subject matter...Jarrett-Macauley sensitively establishes Julia's family as a microcosm of the ruptured nation' Literary Review * 'Lucidly written, the simple horror of peoples' lives comes trickling out over cups of stewed tea and bubbling pots of rice' Big Issue"

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