From the very first page of her very first book, Christie Watson proves she possesses it, creating a voice that tells a tale we can’t put down.
From the very first page of her very first book, Christie Watson proves she possesses it, creating a voice that tells a tale we can’t put down. It takes the reader deep into the reality of ordinary life in Nigeria and is also funny, moving and politically alert. Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland Christie Watson’s debut novel, set in the troubled Niger Delta, does what fiction does best, it captures place and characters so well that you feel you are also there.
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Tiny sunbirds, far away, by Christie Watson. p. cm. eISBN: 978-1-59051-467-2. I had never before seen my grandparents, who lived a day’s drive away near Warri in the Niger Delta. Mama had told us once that her parents had never wanted Mama to marry Father, or any other Yoruba man. Did you make up with Grandma?
Watson originally tried writing Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away from the perspective of Dan, the white oil worker. How would Dan's perspective have changed the book? What insights might his narration have brought to the novel? What limitations might Watson have faced?.
Watson originally tried writing Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away from the perspective of Dan, the white oil worker. Membership Advantages. Beyond the Book" backstories.
The landscape of the Niger delta, the setting of Watson's Costa-shortlisted first novel, looks extraordinary on Google Earth, the river dulled by oil pollution, the burning gas flares clearly visible. Twelve-year-old Blessing, her brother Ezikiel and their mother have to give up their air-conditioned life in Lagos when Blessing's father leaves them. Blessing and Ezikiel are ambitious; he is determined to become a doctor, but the desperate situation they find themselves in corrodes dreams and corrupts souls. Yet this is not a bleak book: there is humour and love, especially in the growing relationship between Blessing and her grandmother, a traditional midwife. Absorbing and passionate.
Christie Watson (born 1976) is a British writer and retired nurse. Her first novel, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, won the Costa First Novel Award in the 2011 Costa Book Awards. Her second novel Where Women Are Kings also won critical praise. Born in Stevenage, she left school at the age of 16 and after volunteering for a year at Scope (then the Spastics Society) went into nursing. She trained at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Watson's absorbing first novel, told through the eyes of the bright and observant Blessing, opens with a snapshot of middle-class contentment. She and her 14-year-old brother Ezikiel attend the International School for Future Leaders, live in an air-conditioned apartment and bask in the affection of their parents. Left to their own devices, the women bond together to stand up to corruption. Unlike her mother, Blessing ultimately rejects the dream of a Prince Charming whisking her off to a happier place by committing herself to her home, her homeland and her own family. The ending is a bit pat, and the book could use a few more sparks.
Vividly narrated by Blessing in words both witty and lyrical, this is the beguiling story of the strength of a family wounded by heartbreak
Vividly narrated by Blessing in words both witty and lyrical, this is the beguiling story of the strength of a family wounded by heartbreak. Full of warm, colourful characters, the balance of daily life and local traditions contrasts dramatically with political injustices and unavoidable violence. Confronting issues of race, class and religion, this book takes you deep into the reality of ordinary life in Nigeria and gives you food for thought. Find similar books Profile.
Grandma convinces Blessing to leave the room and even though goes far away she still hears the baby scream which carries a message of immense pain across. Grandma avoids the topic whenever Blessing tries to talk to her and ask questions about it. When Grandma eventually answers Blessing she says; It is the old way.