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by Courttia Newland (Author), Robin Miles (Narrator)
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  • Listening Length: 8 hours and 8 minutes
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  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 16 July 2013
  • Language: English
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Beverley Cottrell had a dream life: a prestigious job, a beautiful husband and baby boy. This is stolen from her one winter afternoon when her son Malakay is kidnapped from a parked car. Despite a media campaign, a full police investigation, and the offer of a reward, Malakay is never found. Beverley's marriage soon dissolves and her husband immigrates from England to the U.S. with a new wife.

Beverley gives up her job,, sells the house, and moves from the leafy suburbs to the inner city to reside in a west London housing project. She cocoons herself in grief, growing more isolated with each passing year. After two decades she gives up any hope of finding her son. She teaches children who have been expelled from school in the local community center, bright kids thrown on society's scrap heap.

Beverley starts to believe she has finally pieced her life together - until a young man starts appearing wherever she goes. Beverley is convinced that he's stalking her. One dark evening the stalker gets past her security door and calls through her letterbox. He tells her not to be scared. He says that he is Malakay, her son.

The Gospel According to Cane is a novel about inner-city youth in contemporary London. It's a meditation on pain and loss, the burden of heritage, and how the past can blur the present. It's about trust and the perceived lack of trust, disillusion, and its consequences. A world where everyone is the victim, and no one is to blame.

©2013 Courttia Newland; (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Beverley Cottrell once had a husband, a rewarding teaching job, a lovely house and a beautiful baby boy named Malakay; now, twenty years later, she lives alone in a small flat on a council estate, is divorced, and does voluntary work teaching creative writing to difficult teenagers. However, the major difference in Beverley's present life is that she is now childless, and has been for twenty years since her eight-month-old son was stolen from her husband's car and was never found. Beverley, understandably, has had an immensely difficult time trying to cope with her grief and her anger but, after regular counselling sessions, she is now trying to move on; she enjoys her work with the disadvantaged young adults whom she calls "her kids", and she has a lover, Seth, one of the policemen originally assigned to investigate Beverley's son's abduction. However, no sooner does Beverley begin to feel that she might be beginning to piece her life back together, when she finds herself being stalked by a young man - but this is not any young man because when he turns up one dark night outside her flat and calls through her letterbox, he tells her that he is Malakay, her son. But could he really be Beverley's long lost son? Or does this streetwise young man, now named Will, have another agenda altogether? (No spoilers - we learn all of this early on in the book).

When questioned by one of her students about why people write, Beverley answers: "Because they've seen something they can't comprehend and they're trying to work it out through the act of writing. They write because they want to make sense of their pain.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave and ambitious 10 Feb 2013
Courttia Newland's novel, The Gospel According to Cane, revolves around the story of a successful married woman- Beverly Cottrell- whose son is snatched at the age of 8 months. Her marriage, career and emotional health are thrown into turmoil and we find her twenty years later still struggling with her loss. She is now working with marginalised young people at an After School club. At this point a young man enters her life who claims to be her son, Malakay. The novel is beautifully crafted and has a hugely ambitious emotional scope. Entwined in the sometimes difficult and bleak storyline are stunning dream scenes and lyrical prose. The novel explores issues of race, identity, love and loss without offering any easy answers. It is a brave and important work which is sometimes unsettling but which has an integrity and power which will stay in the reader's mind for a long time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Can it be? 11 Mar 2013
Do you know pain? Have you seen or felt it first hand or through the heart and eyes of another? What is your level of pain?
Beverley Cottrell`s says that "there is some pain that has the capacity to hurt anyone." I like that because it speaks to tolerance and whether you can anesthetize pain or not. It really speaks to the power of pain.
This novel is written like Beverley Cotrell `s journal, she writes of her life today and yesterday, while also describing this pain in poetic style.

She first noticed him at Portobello Market, he follows her to her flat and after some conversation he tells her he's Malakay. She allows him to move in and those closest to her warn her of his potential motives. They worry, how could she know the last time she saw him he was eight months old. After twenty years can it be him or has hope clouded her judgment?

Newland really delves into this expertly written story of family and motherhood that the reader can absolutely identify with.

A complimentary copy of this book was providied by the author for the puirpose of this review

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4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful and absorbing 28 July 2013
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Beverley Cottrell is a middle aged woman who has suffered a major trauma. When her baby boy was eight months old, he was taken from outside a shop while Bev's husband Patrick was busy inside. Bev was absent, away at a meeting. The guilt of that loss and her estrangement from Patrick have dominated her life ever since.

Bev comes from a wealthy family with origins in Barbados. Her parents are now dead but her sister Jackie and brother-in-law Frank keep in touch. The relationship between Bev and Jackie is not always smooth and in recurring dreams set during the colonial era in Barbados, Bev sees a different sister even though her parents are the same as in real life.

Bev is preoccupied by pain - her own and that of others - and believes that psychological pain is as severe or even worse than physical pain. She cannot imagine any pain that surpasses that of losing her child and her waking days and dream-filled nights often revolve around thoughts of pain and the hold it has over her. It is a web from which it seems she cannot escape.

After the abduction of her baby, Bev gave up her promising teaching career and Patrick finally divorced her. He has a new family in the United States and Bev tries to build bridges to them, though her past actions make this impossible. She works at an after school centre teaching disadvantaged teenagers, but you sense that this might be a way of assuaging her guilt about her own privilege and loss of family more than her love of teaching. She is also obsessive about making lists and writing notes to herself, a technique for improving her self-esteem taught to her by her therapist, Sue. Though no longer in need of therapy, Bev continues to see Sue and counts her as a friend.
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