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Winner of the Penguin Prize for African Writingfiction Destined from birth to inhabit two very different worlds that of her father, the wealthy Joseph Sakavungo, and that of her mother, his mistress this emotive tale takes us to the heart of a young girl s attempts to come to terms with her own identity and fashion a future for herself from the patchwork of the life she was born into Beautifully constructed, warm and wise, this is a novel that will transport the reader to a world in which we can all become of the sum of our parts ❮Reading❯ ➶ I Blame The Scapegoats Author John O& – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk the wealthy Joseph Sakavungo ❮PDF❯ ✅ Beneath the Earth Author John Boyne – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and that of her mother [PDF] ✩ Gagged Author Richard Asplin – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk his mistress this emotive tale takes us to the heart of a young girl s attempts to come to terms with her own identity and fashion a future for herself from the patchwork of the life she was born into Beautifully constructed [PDF / Epub] ✪ Aristocrats ☆ Stella Tillyard – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk warm and wise [BOOKS] ✯ A Dark and Twisted Tide (Lacey Flint, By Sharon J. Bolton – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk this is a novel that will transport the reader to a world in which we can all become of the sum of our parts Patchwork


About the Author: Ellen Banda-Aaku

Ellen Banda Aaku was born in Woking Surrey in 1965 The middle child of three she grew up in Zambia and has lived and worked in Ghana, South Africa, the UK and Zambia In 2004 she won the Macmillan Writers Prize for Africa for Wandi s Little Voice, a book for children In 2007, her short story, Sozi s Box, was the overall winner of the 2007 Commonwealth Short Story Competition Her novel Patchwork, published 2011, won the Penguin Prize for African Writing She has a BA in Public Administration from the University of Zambia, an MA in Financial Management with Social Policy from Middlesex University and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town She s currently is based in the UK where she lives with her two children Saada and Kweku.



10 thoughts on “Patchwork

  1. says:

    I finished this last week but had to sit on it a while For my Read Around The World bookclub, we travelled to Zambia this month and this is the story of Pumpkin, who we meet as a child living with her single mom, Mistress to someone of standing, Pumpkins father The book stood out most for its two abrupt changes of narrative in the middle and then at the end Still, the overwhelming feeling I have is th


  2. says:

    This is the author s first adult novel, though she has written several short stories and poems for both children and adults The first part has nine year old Pumpkin as she is known by everyone as the main character in the second part she is a mother herself To me the first part works the second not so well Maybe it is because the mis perceptions of a child are easier to accept than those of an adult.


  3. says:

    This little book is excellent, but don t be fooled by the brief page count it takestime than you might expect Pumpkin is a 9 year old girl growing up between two households, competing for her father s attention, dealing with her mother s alcoholism and her stepmother s disregard And because she s growing up in Zambia in the 1970s, there s some violence from across the border as well Then, flash forward to h


  4. says:

    Set in Zambia, Patchwork tells the poignant story of Pumpkin, a bastard child who grows up to become an emotionally tormented woman The novel opens in the 1970s when Pumpkin is a 9 year old girl Her father is a wealthy businessman with a family of his own her mother is an alcoholic who believes that someday Pumpkin s father will marry her Because of her mother s drinking problem, her father eventually takes Pu


  5. says:

    This book is well written and gives a good picture of life in Zambia across social classes The story is not an uplifting one, none of the characters are at all likeable and the author doesn t resolve the dilemmas by the end of the book.So why did I read it apart from just because I wanted a book from Zambia for my World Tour Because it really is good, a page turner, just not one to make you laugh.


  6. says:

    this was a quick read it could have been longer i m used to thick books i really enjoyed the story and it was one of those books that i found hard to put down i love reading about other cultures and what makes people tick i love the name of the book as it clearly comes through in the story there were quite a few mistakes in the book, which wasn t cool, but at least i enjoyed the story not a prize awarding book, but


  7. says:

    I was teetering between rating this book a 3 or 4 I enjoyed this book and was compelled to keep reading The writing was excellent and the author did a great job of describing cultural nuances, language, and experiences unique to Zambian society She also did well to get into some very touchy social subjects and to describe how hurt can shape a person s entire life and being Almost every character was living with so much


  8. says:

    I m glad that I read this book even though it felt unnecessarily chopped up into a few sections I enjoyed following the story of our unreliable narrator, Pumpkin even though I was quite frustrated with her.


  9. says:

    Patchwork follows the life of Pumpkin first when she was around nine and then in the second part in her early 30s The book describes a childhood that had this girl stranded between the worlds of her rich dad whose illegitimate child she was and her alcoholic mother The story also covers, how some hurt that happened in the past can have wide reaching impacts in the life of people and their families I thought the book was easy


  10. says:

    I read a book called Poppadom Preach at around about the same time as I read this novel, Patchwork, by Ellen Banda Aaku They re both very similar first person narrations by neglected children suffering at the hands of their parents However, where Poppadom Preach uses a heavy dose of black humour to illuminate the story, Patchwork follows a muchtraditional path In other words, you ll be filing this under Heavy Going.Set in Zambi


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