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Author of the Month: Jackie Kay

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Our Author of the Month for March is the novelist, playwright and poet Jackie Kay. Her work explores family mythology, identity, journeys and strange recursions; jazz is another preoccupation, as evidenced in her debut novel Trumpet and the wonderful fragmentary biography of Bessie Smith, reissued this month by Faber.

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With an introduction by Ali Smith.When the love of your life dies, the problem is not that some part of you dies too, which it does, but that some part of you is still alive. The death of legendary jazz trumpeter Joss Moody exposes an…

From the publisher:
'Ambitious, defiant, angry and gripping . . . the bitter story of slavery through the experience of four women' Guardian'Jackie Kay's work, formally expansive and inclusive . . . is always about the opening up of our notions of identity'…

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Taking the reader from Glasgow to Lagos and beyond, Red Dust Road is a heart-stopping story of parents and siblings, friends and strangers, belonging and beliefs, biology and destiny.With an introduction by the First Minister of Scotland,…

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A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK…

From the publisher:
Jackie Kay's first collection as Scottish Makar is a book about the fighting spirit - one, the poet argues, that we need now more than ever. Bantam brings three generations into sharp focus - Kay's own, her father's, and his own father's -…

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