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    The White Bird Passes

    £7.99
    Jenni Fagan says:

    One of my favourite Scottish writers of all time. This book is a classic that should go out to a far wider audience.

    Jessie Kesson was an extraordinary writer, a great mind and someone we should value more deeply in Scottish literary heritage. She is also the writer I wish most to have met so we could have gone out to drink gin and dance.

    White Bird Passes has such a sense of place. It is set initially on The Lane where a young girl is taken by the ‘Cruelty man,’ into care.

    Kesson is a writer who I think about often. I used her name for my protagonist as a private nod from one Scottish female writer raised in the care system, with all the bias that holds, to another from a previous generation who also set out very much, despite overwhelming odds, to be a great writer.

    ISBN: 9781785300547
    AuthorJessie Kesson
    Pub Date31/05/2017
    BindingPaperback
    Pages154
    Availability: Available to Order

    Set in the backstreets of a Scottish city in the 1920s, The White Bird Passes is the unforgettable story of a young girl growing up in 'the Lane'. Poor, crowded and dirty - but full of life and excitement - the Lane is the only home Janie MacVean has ever known. It is a place where, despite everything, Janie is happy. But when the Cruelty Man arrives, bringing with him the threat of the dreaded 'home' - the orphanage that is every child's nightmare - Janie's contented childhood seems to be at an end.A gritty and moving portrayal of a young girl facing up to hardship and deprivation, written with warmth, humour and insight, Jessie Kesson's classic autobiographical novel is widely regarded as her finest work.

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    Set in the backstreets of a Scottish city in the 1920s, The White Bird Passes is the unforgettable story of a young girl growing up in 'the Lane'. Poor, crowded and dirty - but full of life and excitement - the Lane is the only home Janie MacVean has ever known. It is a place where, despite everything, Janie is happy. But when the Cruelty Man arrives, bringing with him the threat of the dreaded 'home' - the orphanage that is every child's nightmare - Janie's contented childhood seems to be at an end.A gritty and moving portrayal of a young girl facing up to hardship and deprivation, written with warmth, humour and insight, Jessie Kesson's classic autobiographical novel is widely regarded as her finest work.