The Go-Away Bird

By Warren FitzGerald

Literary fiction, General fiction | Paperback, eBook


What happens when two worlds collide? Ashley is a 39-year-old Englishman living in a rough housing estate in central London in 1994, dealing with his stresses by harming himself and trying to make ends meet by teaching singing to a bizarre string of clients. Clementine is a ten-year-old Rwandan girl, who witnesses the murder of her family as genocide devastates her beautiful country. She flees, and these two disparate lives that seem destined to run parallel eventually collide, offering both a kind of salvation they never imagined possible. "FitzGerald writes about Africa vividly, painting interior scenes and green tropical landscapes that jump out of the page. He may do for Rwanda something of what Alexander McCall Smith's lady detective series has done for Botswana... it is a funny, musical, hopeful and poignant story" — CAPE TIMES.


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What happens when two worlds collide? Ashley is a 39-year-old Englishman living in a rough housing estate in central London in 1994, dealing with his stresses by harming himself and trying to make ends meet by teaching singing to a bizarre string of clients. Clementine is a ten-year-old Rwandan girl, who witnesses the murder of her family as genocide devastates her beautiful country. She flees, and these two disparate lives that seem destined to run parallel eventually collide, offering both a kind of salvation they never imagined possible. "FitzGerald writes about Africa vividly, painting interior scenes and green tropical landscapes that jump out of the page. He may do for Rwanda something of what Alexander McCall Smith's lady detective series has done for Botswana... it is a funny...


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Warren FitzGerald lives in London. His debut novel 'The Go-Away Bird' won an Amazon Rising Stars Award in the same year in 2010 and in 2011 was longlisted for The Authors’ Club Best First Book Award. It was also Waterstones’ Book of the Month in October 2011.




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