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Writing at its best.
on 13 February 2015
Immediately, we are transported into the grimy back streets of Birmingham and can even smell the fetid, unpleasant odours, see the rotting crumbling hovels where filth abounds and poverty reigns. This is where a young girl from the wealthy part of town, and in trouble, has chosen to escape to give birth. The harrowing account of her labour and abandonment of her newly born little girl is painful but compulsive reading.
I was intrigued to follow Mercy's life as she survived the orphanage before being stolen away to become a slave to a harsh woman with a handicapped daughter. The cruelty she suffered is unbearable, but Mercy is strong and resilient and in spite of her brutal treatment has a huge capacity to love. She escapes the slums for a supposed better life only to discover that for her own sanctity she needs to return.
Ms Murray writes with conviction and understanding of those dark and difficult times in Birmingham's history and it is clear that she has fully researched the historical facts necessary to the story. There is an authenticity in her writing, which engages all the senses. Her rich language allows us to experience the horrors and joys in Mercy's life as if we are there. Minor errors are unimportant as the story is king