A powerful, haunting debut that steps seamlessly from the horrors of people-trafficking to the magic of African folklore by an award-winning Ghanaian-British filmmaker, shortlisted for the Branford Boase award 2018 and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie award. Sante was a baby when she was washed ashore in a sea-chest laden with treasure. It seems she is the sole survivor of the tragic sinking of a ship carrying migrants and refugees. Her people. Fourteen years on she's a member of Mama Rose's unique and dazzling circus. But, from their watery grave, the unquiet dead are calling Sante to avenge them: A bamboo flute. A golden bangle. A ripening mango which must not fall . . .
. . . are these the missing pieces of the jigsaw which will tell Sante's story?
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Yaba Badoe is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. A graduate of King's College Cambridge, she worked as a civil servant in Ghana before joining the BBC. Her short stories have been published in Critical Quarterly and African Love Stories: an anthology edited by Ama Ata Aidoo. In 2009 her debut novel, True Murder, was published by Jonathan Cape....More about Yaba Badoe