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'Like the best memoirs, this one is written with velistic and poetic flair. Red Dust Road is a fantastic, probing and heart-warming read' - Independent . From the moment when, as a little girl, she realizes that her skin is a different colour from that of her beloved mum and dad, to the tracing and finding of her birth parents, her Highland mother and Nigerian father, Jackie Kay's journey in Red Dust Road is one of unexpected twists, turns and deep emotions. In a book remarkable for its warmth and candour, she discovers that inheritance is about much more than genes: that we are shaped by songs as much as by cells, and that what triumphs, ultimately, is love. 'A clear-eyed, witty and unsentimental account of the push and pull between nature and nurture. Happiness shines through' - Sunday Times . 'Wonderful, humane ...This is a book with resolution, determination and honesty' - Scotland on Sunday . 'It is Kay's abundant wit that makes Red Dust Road such a moving, spirited work. This is a terrifically easy, evocative, and often amusing read ...A remarkable, soul-searching journey' - Sunday Herald .
Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh. She is a poet, novelist and writer of short stories and has enjoyed great acclaim for her work for both adults and children. Her novel Trumpet won the Guardian Fiction Prize and is a modern classic. She has published two collections of stories with Picador, Why Don't You Stop Talking and Wish I Was Here. She teaches at Newcastle University, and lives in Manchester.
Winner of Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Awards: Book of the Year 2011. Shortlisted for Galaxy National Book Awards: Telegraph Biography of the Year 2011.