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Bernard and the Cloth Monkey by Judith Bryan
Bernard and the Cloth Monkey is published by Penguin in paperback at £8.99.




Judith Bryan

Bernard and the Cloth Monkey

Black Britain: Writing Back

Winner of the Saga Prize 1997: a literary award for trailblazing new Black British novelists

A shattering portrayal of family, guilt and unshakable bonds as a family’s deepest secrets explosively unravel When Anita finally returns home to London after a long absence, everything has changed. Her father is dead, her mother is away, and she and her sister Beth are alone together for the first time in years. They share a house. They share a family. They share a past. Tentatively, they reach out to one another for connection, but the house echoes with words unspoken. Dazzling and heart-breaking, Bernard and the Cloth Monkey is a searing portrait of family, a rebellion against silence and a testament to the human capacity for survival.

“A quietly outstanding work of fiction… an exemplary novel.” — Bernardine Evaristo.


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