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Christie Watson
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1 Dec 2011

WINNER OF THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD. 'Everything changed after Mama found Father lying on top of another woman.' Blessing and her brother Ezikiel adore their larger-than-life father, their glamorous mother and their comfortable life in Lagos. But all that changes when their father leaves them for another woman. Their mother is fired from her job at the Royal Imperial Hotel - only married women can work there - and soon they have to quit their air-conditioned apartment to go and live with their grandparents in a compound in the Niger Delta. Adapting to life with a poor countryside family is a shock beyond measure after their privileged upbringing in Lagos. Told in Blessing's own beguiling voice, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away shows how some families can survive almost anything. At times hilarious, always poignant, occasionally tragic, it is peopled with characters you will never forget.


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (1 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849163758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849163750
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Absorbing and passionate' The Guardian. 'Skilfully treading the fine line between gritty hardship and homespun warmth ... Christie Watson's affecting but unsentimental debut earns its place in the sun' The Independent.

'heart-warming' Telegraph. 'Readability and literary merit go hand in hand in this vibrant gem of a novel' The Costa Judges.

'An excellent novel. It takes the reader deep into the reality of ordinary life in Nigeria and is also funny, moving and politically alert' Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland.

'does what fiction does best, it captures place and characters so well that you feel you are there. It is sincere, it is powerfully written, and it deserves to be read' Helon Habila, author of Oil on Water.

'The gripping, triumphant tale of a girl who chooses life over loss, in a sweet but savage world where oil is bled from the earth' Lola Shoneyin, author of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives.

'A must-read. Lyrical and beautifully drawn, a poignant coming of age tale, set in an Africa few readers will have experienced' Lesley Lokko. 'So good I had to lie down after reading it' Trezza Azzopardi.

'A fascinating, poignant story that had me laughing in places and deeply moved in others' Ike Anya.

'Watson's nuanced portrayal of daily life in Nigeria is peopled with flawed but tenacious characters who fight not only for survival but for dignity. Blessing is a wonderful narrator whose vivid impressions enliven Watson's sensual prose' Publishers Weekly.

'Funny, tragic and moving all in the right places' Pride. 'An immensely absorbing novel. It is both heart-wrenching and consoling' Chika Unigwe, author of On Black Sisters' Street.

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Lagos, Nigeria. Blessing's Mama found Father lying on top of another woman. It's bad enough when her father abandons them. But when her mother loses her job, they have to leave home and move into her grandfather's compound. Living with a poor countryside family is a shock beyond measure. Everything changed after that.


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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
By Jude
Format:Paperback
I started reading this book on a flight and I did not want to put it down going through Passport control!

Having never been to Nigeria and knowing little about the cultures or politics, I thought that I could understand more from reading Tiny Sunbirds.

What I did not expect was to be drawn in to every character ( a real person to me), place and situation. I feel like I have lived among the family that the book portrays, so acutely and intimately.

It is such a cliche to say "I could not put it down" but I couldn't. I read it fairly slowly, concentrating to learn the new words and descriptions that I was learning. Smelling the oil, river and streets and tasting the new foods that I have never actually experienced.

Gasping, laughing and dismaying out loud, it was an emotional ride.

I cannot recommend this book enough, whether you want to be more informed, stimulated, inspired, gratified or simply to experience a brilliantly written, beautiful story.

Amazing that this is the authors first novel, I certainly look forward to her next.

Enjoy!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An easy read touching on some bigger topics 31 Dec 2012
By avaline
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A simple tale of one family's story seen through the eyes of a young girl. Whilst nowhere near the five stars that some have given, the story touches on the contribution of "big oil" to the unrest in Nigeria in a way that is easy to understand, and does draw you in nicely to the characters within the family.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly amazing book 5 April 2011
By Maria
Format:Paperback
This brilliant book is so much more than just a compelling storyline with skilfully developed and believable characters. With a light hand the author touches on a variety of important topics including relationships, growing up, politics, poverty, culture and traditions in Nigeria, midwifery and the cruelty of female circumcision. The book is dark and sad but also filled with strength, hope and joy. From the first word to the last, this book will move you.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and Heartbreaking 25 May 2011
Format:Paperback
Tiny Sunbirds Far Away is a wonderful story that is in equal measures both hilarious and heartbreaking. Tiny Sunbirds doesn't read like a debut at all, rather it is the assured voice of an author who knows the environment as intimately as she knows her characters. The way that the simmering political situation literally and figuratively explodes two-thirds of the way into the novel is handled deftly and lightly. My favourite character is definitely Celestine (I would happily supply her with more lycra from London) - and her character's progression was believable and entirely moving - but all the characters are very sensitively drawn and the dialogue moves the novel along at quite a pace. A brilliant book with a brilliant story: perfect to read in one or two sittings. Completely gripping.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book! 15 Mar 2011
By H Allen
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I thought I would like this book as it appears to cover everything I like in fiction, and it certainly didn't disappoint. It's well written with a lovely lyrical style and clearly very well researched. It covers a range of big topics affecting that region - politics, religion, oil, and female circumcision without being overly heavy. I thought the storyline for Blessing was excellent and there were some unexpected twists and turns along the way. I think I experienced every emotion available whilst reading this - definitely horror, anger, dispair and I was in tears for the last 50 pages or so.

I would thoroughly recommend this book - it's a keeper for me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read with fascinating cultural insights 2 Jun 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was a book club choice. I'd heard Christie Watson being interviewed on Woman's Hour but wasn't too convinced I wanted to read the book. However, I was very wrong. Using a young girl who is Nigerian but uprooted from an urban environment to a rural environment is a very clever way for an outsider to convey the strangeness of village life. The deeply patriarchal attitudes made me really angry at times but there was so much more that overcame this. It's a very fascinating (and well written) tale of youngsters struggling in a new family situation with a backdrop of oil politics alongside some very complex attitudes towards female genital mutilation and women's empowerment. I should say, it's not just a woman's book - the brother's story is riveting. Heartily recommend it and the only reason it's not got 5 stars is because I reserve that score for truly excellent books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful 18 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
I learned more about life in Nigeria from this book than I ever have in my 68 years on this earth. A very moving insightful book written with knowledge of the country , medicine and human emotions. I thoroughly recommend it. Warning ! -- have a large box of tissues nearby !
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unstoppable Page-Turner with Literary Clout 6 May 2011
By TBO
Format:Paperback
It isn't often that a plot with such great pace has such real and lovable characters, such a complex message, or true stylistic flair, but Tiny Sunbirds Far Away has it all. I was meant to be working, but I couldn't put this down. I'm not sure I've ever cried so much from reading a book. I was utterly hooked, eating up the story, hopelessly attached to Blessing and Ezekiel. The complexities of this book and the beauty of its language are there all the way through, but it is almost too compelling; you keep turning and turning the pages without pause, and it is only after you have read it that the depth of its brilliance begins to dawn on you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very moving
Beautifully written so that you can really picture the scenes so clearly. A book that teaches you and leaves you feeling that you've gained knowledge of other parts of the world. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Alexandra Goldie
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly great read
Great book full of rich characters. Set in Nigeria among many topical issues and the relationships between the characters are wonderfully developed. Really enjoyed it!
Published 9 days ago by Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars YES!
This is a fantastic book. Original, brilliantly written, with characters I have never come across in any other novel. No clichés here. Intelligent and thought provoking.
Published 1 month ago by Jane Byars
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into Nigerian culture
I love books set in cultures vastly different to my own and find it interesting to learn about how the 'normal' people live. Tiny Sunbirds Far Away didn't disappoint. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Monsster
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book
Loved every part of the book
Such beautiful descriptions transports you right into the story. Couldn't put it down.brilliant book
Published 2 months ago by lele
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved this book
I'm going to recommend this book for my book group, so much to discuss and if you close your eyes you find yourself in Nigeria.
Published 2 months ago by Richard and Vivienne
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an enjoyable book
I found this book a little difficult to get into at first but am so glad I persevered - it's wonderful. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Smudgeroonie
5.0 out of 5 stars just brilliant
Thinking of this novel brings tears to my eyes two years on. Have just ordered authors second book so thought I would add a review. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Miss L. Cotton
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous read
A wonderful book, easy to read, hard to put down, I was able to understand by the marvellous description just how their life was then. I would recommend this book
Published 2 months ago by tessa gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read
Once I started I couldn't put it down. Made me laugh made me cry. A story told so well. I could picture myself in warri. I never review books but I had to review this book. Read more
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