November 24, 2009

Yolanda Christian

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The Girl in Peckham & Kowloon

Jolienta dos Rem├ędios has never heard of Kowloon. The best she can do, is capture Peckham High Street on canvas, because “there’s a bond between people and places”. There again, flatmates Tom and Kris might subdue her focus, but Master of Aquatint Paolo de Silva reboots it . . . Macau—a Portuguese colony? Kowloon—occupied by the British? What does it all mean?

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Praise for 'The Girl in Peckham & Kowloon':

“After the end of Portuguese Macau all the memories start fading and each time an old person dies is a moment of no return. That’s why your interpretation is so valid and useful.”
Dr. Jorge Forjaz, author of Familias Macaenses

Longlisted by the Mslexia Novel Competition

5.0 out of 5 starsAn inspiring journey
By Mark Henderson
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A tightly-written and thoroughly engaging work of prose fiction, and most importantly (for me at least) it's the kind of fiction that tells the truth. The reader emerges from the published Part I of the novel not only better informed about 1980s London, the Portuguese empire of the 16th-19th centuries, and a range of artistic techniques, but delighted by the protagonist determination to complete her quest for self-discovery and understanding of her roots.

Everything about the book is authentic and well-researched, including the descriptions of artistic methods. The author is herself an artist - the cover of the book is one of her paintings - and she knows how to control narrative pace and to create and sustain tension. The end of Part I will make you desperate to read Part II!

This is a book I can sincerely recommend. It's one of that small handful of novels I'll read more than once.

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