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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (8 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141331151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141331157
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 502,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Anna Perera is the author of the critically acclaimed Guantanamo Boy which was shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award and Branford Boase and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. She also gives talks, visits schools, reviews, writes articles and screenplays and enjoys the local pub quiz every week even though her team rarely win. Anna has a grown-up son and lives in London.

Her latest novel is set in Cairo: The Glass Collector.

UK publisher: Puffin.
US publisher: Albert Whitman Ltd.

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This novel will definitely interest teenage readers who are eager to know more about the wider world, particularly if their curiosity about Egypt has been piqued by recent events (Guardian)

Anna Perera's book is written for teenagers, but like her previous work, the bestselling Guantánamo Boy, it will charm older readers too. Cairo pulses from its pages, dirty, smelly but intoxicating; 'the magic's everywhere.' The tale sparkles like the glass Aaron hoards, light and delicate and full of dreams (The Economist)

This novel comes highly recommended for thoughtful older readers. It might even be life-changing for some. I would expect it on awards shortlists in the future (Books for Keeps)

A powerful rendering of human struggle, resilience, and hope (Publishers Weekly)

About the Author

Anna Perera was born in London to an Irish mother and Sri Lankan father. She worked as an English teacher in two secondary schools in London, and later became responsible for a unit for excluded boys. She lives in London, England. This is her second novel, and she is the author of the critically acclaimed book Guantanamo Boy.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on 11 April 2011
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I was completely absorbed by the end of the first page. Every aspect is so beautifully described that I felt as if I was there in Cairo, living in the slum, anxious about their daily struggle to survive, enthralled by their relationships and willing Aaron (the main character) to succeed and be happy.

A valuable lesson to be learnt by Aaron's realisation that, despite the hardship of his existence, it is being part of a community that matters most and makes life worth living.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam Ball on 10 Mar. 2011
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The Glass Collector is a story about a boy called Aaron and the difficult and testing life he lives in one of Egypts slums. The poverty and his way of life is shocking, least of all because the delicate descriptions are based on fact. However, instead of pushing the reader away from learning about a bleak existance, Aaron's resilience to the elements and belief in himself, draws the reader into a world which society usually chooses to ignore. Contrary to destroying Aaron's hopes, the boy learns a very important lesson about finding contentment and its a lesson many of us could learn. Guantanamo Boy was the author's first book which was brilliant. This is a very different book, but equally well written and well worth a read. When you finish The Glass Collector, make sure you read the short Author's Note at the end!
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The Glass Collector is Anna Perera's follow-up to her bestseller Guantanamo Boy, and although the books aren't related, you feel as though the experience of writing the first dictated the other. The Glass Collector is set in (very) downtown Cairo, amongst the Zabaleen people from Mokattam village (which is actually a village in name only; in reality a closed community of slums packed into the side of an abandoned quarry at the foot of a mountain).

It's here in the slums that Aaron, the glass collector plys his trade: he's one of the recyclers of Cairo, clearing up the waste and the trash (but specialising in glass) that others leave behind. In the village, the omnipresent St Sama'an's church broods over everything and everyone, offering a (sometimes false) spiritual expectancy and a spiritual compass that flows throughout the novel.

Aaron's mother is dead and his life is harsh; his older stepbrother Lijah continually beats him up and his near-neighbours vary from the self-obsessed and argumentative Shareen to the villainously exploitative merchant Faisal, amid continual threats that follow him everywhere, of which some are obvious: (poverty, starvation & disease) and others are implied (kidney theft, biomedical waste contamination, swine flu).

So... life is harsh and it's a wicked old world! But don't let this put you off because this book is actually a delicious observation of a faraway culture; a snapshot so accurate it's easy to think the author actually lived amongst the tribes whilst the book came to her (she did). And, like Guantanamo Boy, Anna Perera never simply tells an: A-B story; it's not that simple.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elf princess on 30 April 2011
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I agree with the other reviewers in that you are drawn into the character and life of Aaron very early on. You are hooked. The journey through the pages is a enjoyable, gently paced and absorbing one, and one that leaves you as much taken up with the story as with the sense of understanding of the lives these kids and communities lead. On that basis, you get 2 for the price of one - a story and an insight - most beautifully crafted - highly recommended for both young adults and adults alike.
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read and enjoyed this book though it is wriiten fir a young teeager. my granddaughter read it and enjoyed it, gives good insight into lives of poor in egypt
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