A beautiful, haunting new Dickensian tale of growing up between two mothers and two motherlands, each making suffocating claims on a girl who I would have liked to call a friend. I'm so happy to have PRECIOUS now, reaching out over the years and the pond! --Catherine McKinley, author of THE BOOK OF SARAHS
"Brilliant, poetic, sensitive. A brave excavation of life for 'looked-after' African children in post-war, nationalistic Britain." Kriss Akabussi --Kriss Akabussi
"Raw, honest, heartbreaking and heart-warming, "Precious: A True Story" will linger in your soul long after the book is closed, reminding us all that there is nothing more powerful on earth than the human spirit." --Donna Hill, author of "What Mother Never Told Me"
'Powerful and arresting memoir' --The Bookseller
''Precious' is an extraordinary book. Alternately alarming and funny, always spare and beautifully crafted, this is a testament to the internal exile of subordinated social groups that no reader should miss.' --Denise Mina, author of 'The Dead Hour'
'An affecting memoir...' --Kirkus Reviews
'Precious' is an achingly beautiful triumph of will that is both heart-wrenching and hopeful.' -- Lolita Files, author of 'Child of God'
'Precious Williams is a vibrant, deliciously alive storyteller. With
attention to the choice incandescent detail, she holds the reader in
passionate immediacy of the moment. 'Precious' is an
unforgettable story of outrageous humor, heartbreak, and transcendence.'
--Lisa Teasley, author of 'Dive'
"Williams offers an English journalist's wry, charming memoir of being a black Nigerian girl growing up in a 1970s white foster home in a village of West Sussex, England...Her beautifully wrought memoir reaches back deeply and generously to regain the preciousness she felt lost to her." --Publishers Weekly
'Precious Williams' brave examination of identity and loss reminds us that by going into the heart of what we are most afraid of, we find our liberation.' -- Eve Ensler, creator of the Vagina Monologues
'Recounts how this London-born daughter of a Nigerian princess came to be raised by an elderly white woman on an English housing project.'
--Elle Magazine (US) "Recommended Read" for August 2010
'Astonishingly, there is little bitterness here: Williams's writing is accomplished -- pacey yet carefully spare, so that sadness and anger hover over her narrative rather than suffocate it. Such is the vividness of her characters and dialogue that, having unburdened herself, Williams now might choose -- with the promise of some success -- to turn her back on her day job as a journalist and find a powerful new voice by making the leap into fiction.' -- The Sunday Times
'Gorgeously written with a fiercely honest voice. Williams will grow up [to become] Precious, "the writer, the grown woman..." How she gets there is a serpentine road that's as shatteringly moving as it is incredible. This book is not so much a coming-of-age story as a harrowing coming-to-be tale.' --The Boston Globe
A story of mothers and daughters, of a struggle with racial identity and a journey to find a sense of belonging --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Book not such a good read as the film..
I loved this book found it hard to put down!!!
Really good read :)
I think the book was a tiny bit boring, I mean I couldn't see the point... Maybe just me. But came soon after ordered and I read it *shrugs*Published 9 months ago by Kaya McF
Began inauspiciously but became a quite gripping. Super.Published 10 months ago by Mr. Robert Griggs
Great book! The issues arising gives the reader a lot to think about. Author describes childhood experiences so vividlyPublished 12 months ago by Shirley