ACHUKA Book of the Day 3 Feb 2022
“This is Dan’s greatest novel. There, I’ve said it. I’ve been thrilled and excited by his stories before – but never this moved by mystery and family feeling. This is a story about coming home to a strange land with an even stranger inheritance – to forge a bond where you appear to be unwanted and to reach beyond the grave to find love and belonging. It’s thrilling and dangerous and unexpected too!” Barry Cunningham, Publisher
“Every once in a while, a book comes along that causes the rest of the world to melt away leaving only the story. The characters become real people and the events of their lives take your breath away. Nisha’s War by Dan Smith is one of those books.” Scope for Imagination
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Malaya, 1942. Nisha’s home is destroyed by war and she and her mother, Amma, flee to her father’s ancestral house in England, perched on a cliff top on the cold Northern coast. When Amma falls gravely ill, Nisha is left to face her formidable grandmother alone. Grandmother’s rules are countless, and her Anglo-Indian granddaughter is even forbidden from climbing the old weeping tree. But when a ghost child beckons Nisha to sit under its boughs, and promises her Amma’s life in return for three truths, its pull proves irresistible…
A thrilling historical ghost story; full of adventure, grief, guilt, forgiveness and belonging A fresh angle on a wartime story: the prejudice Nisha faces as a refugee feels particularly relevant today.
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