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  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (18 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1497363489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1497363489
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,493,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susannah was born in London in the United Kingdom. She has worked both in England and Sweden as a teacher, after which she moved to her first professional writing job as a journalist. More recently she has been working as a counsellor specialising in domestic violence. To her credit she has had plays produced on television, radio and in the theatre, clearly demonstrating her ability as a writer. She now divides her time between living in Somerset in the South West of England and a flat in Paris, France - feeling fortunate to get the best of both worlds. She has three grown up children and Lonely Mirrors is her début novel.

More recently Susannah has tackled the difficult subject of female genital mutilation and has published her second novel 'Biting the Stick', a fictional account of a student support workers turmoil before and after she walks in on a cutting party on a university campus in the UK.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Callanit on 10 Jun. 2014
Format: Paperback
Biting the Stick is narrated by Tania, who witnesses, on the campus where she works, a little girl being genitally mutilated. What seems like a straightforward moral imperative - to inform the authorities - is undermined as different people, of different cultures, raise increasingly complex viewpoints of the brutal practice, and as the lives of more and more people are affected by Tania's decisions. Tania, whose marriage is disintegrating and whose father is dying, learns a great deal of information about female genital mutilation, which is seamlessly woven into the story of her own life and its fragilities. The compelling - and at times startlingly funny - narrative will leave readers wanting to find out more about the unfortunately common custom of fgm while discovering how Tania's story is resolved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Dutton on 1 July 2014
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'Biting the Stick' highlights a taboo subject of which I had little knowledge. The novel is well researched and the subject sympathetically dealt with. The story is told through the eyes of Tania, a woman struggling with her own family crises. Her father is terminally ill and her marriage is breaking down. Whilst working as a counsellor at a London university, she encounters a female genital mutilation ceremony. What she sees haunts her throughout the rest of the novel as she struggles to decide what action she should take. Although the subject matter is horrendous, the book is a real page turner as you wonder what Tania will do and begin to question your own conscience in asking how you would handle the same situation. Definitely recommended reading!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jadis Norman on 10 Jun. 2014
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Susannah Carlton's book is not for sissies, but is one of the very best I've read in a long time . I am usually a very slow reader , but I finished this book in 2 days , finding it hard to put down when I should have been turning my lights off at night .

In addition to the highly disturbing and gut wrenching issues of fgm , Ms. Carlton explores other important matters -- religious practices and prejudice , betrayal, abandonment , universal conscription--interweaving a group of brilliantly written and provocative themes throughout the book with great style and skill .

Biting the Stick is not an easy read , but it is not to be missed . I cannot recommend it strongly enugh
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By judith holder on 22 May 2014
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We all need to read this book. FGM happens right here, right now, and it has to be stopped. But how to stop this practise is complex, and this is a book which recognises that fact while bringing the horrors of it to our attention. A gripping, moving, and significant read.
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