Wonderful . . . This is a new book with an old and wise heart. It may well have the makings of a classic (Guardian
Beautifully, powerfully and compellingly written . . . extraordinarily moving (Sunday Times
Realistically evoking the perspective of a child of the era, Glass spins a lyrical story that is at once heartbreaking and hopeful (Time Out
This outstanding first novel arcs beautifully to its terrible climax and is deeply moving (Observer
Every now and then a book comes along that's unusual, compelling and deeply absorbing yet is so tragically simple, it leaves an indelible trace on the memory. The Year the Gypsies Came
is one of these (Irish Independent
From the Back Cover
They came to us that spring and cast a spell over us. They changed our lives forever.
99 Winslow Lane, Johannesburg. A street lined with bluegum woods and lush foliage. Indoors, twelve-year-old Emily Iris's family are living a seemingly idyllic existence, but underneath it all are quarrels, unhappiness and uncertainty. One day, a family of wanderers - an Australian couple and their two sons - come to stay with the Irises. For a while, for as long as the visitors are there, Emily's parents can put their differences aside and be like a real family. But as spring goes on, these `gypsies' case shadows of different shapes over Emily's family, shadows which shatter them all. Even in her darkest moments, can Emily still find hope from within?