My Beautiful England
Three women form an unusual bond ...
Su, a Thai bride, comes to England after the tsunami armed with a book called 'My Beautiful England'. But she finds herself in Burnley, a deprived northern town where torn sofas are parked in the gardens of boarded up houses. Living with her ageing husband, Su tries to become 'Englishised', but constant visions of the tsunami and Thai superstitions impede her efforts. Whilst out shopping for mango, Su suffers racial abuse and realises England is not the dream place she had hoped for.
Samina is from Pakistan and feels trapped in an arranged marriage. Living with her new husband and domineering mother-in-law in Paradise Street, she longs to be like other western women, independent and free. When Samina joins the local language school, she begins to wear western clothes and calls herself Sammy but soon realises that she is neither English, nor Pakistani.
Lenka lives in a women's refuge with her daughter, hiding from her Polish husband.
Together the three women build a strong friendship. United in their quest to master English, all three women wonder if they will always be foreigners inside.
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- Published: July 2013
- Extent: 285pp
- Binding: Paperback
- ISBN: 9781908122575
- RRP: £7.99
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