The Colour Of Milk by Nell LeyshonThe Colour Of Milk by Nell Leyshon

The Colour Of Milk

byNell Leyshon

Paperback | June 25, 2013

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The Colour of Milk is the new novel by Orange longlisted author and playwright Nell Leyshon. 'this is my book and i am writing it by my own hand' The year is eighteen hundred and thirty one when fifteen-year-old Mary begins the difficult task of telling her story. A scrap of a thing with a sharp tongue and hair the colour of milk, Mary leads a harsh life working on her father's farm alongside her three sisters. In the summer she is sent to work for the local vicar's invalid wife, where the reasons why she must record the truth of what happens to her - and the need to record it so urgently - are gradually revealed. 'Haunting, distinctive voices... Mary's spare simple words paint brilliant pictures in the reader's mind . . . Nell Leyshon's imaginative powers are considerable' Independent 'Brontë-esque undertones . . . a disturbing statement on the social constraints faced by 19th-century women' FT 'A small tour de force - a wonderfully convincing voice, and a devastating story told with great skill and economy' Penelope Lively 'I loved it. The Colour of Milk is charming, Brontë-esque, compelling, special and hard to forget. I loved Mary's voice - so inspiring and likeable. Such a hopeful book' Marian Keyes 'Brilliant, devastating and unforgettable' Easy Living Nell Leyshon's first novel, Black Dirt, was longlisted for the Orange Prize, and shortlisted for the Commonwealth prize. Her plays include Comfort me with Apples, which won an Evening Standard Award, and Bedlam, which was the first play written by a woman for Shakespeare's Globe. She writes for BBC Radio 3 and 4, and won the Richard Imison Award for her first radio play. Nell was born in Glastonbury and lives in Dorset.
Nell Leyshon's first novel, Black Dirt, was long-listed for the Orange Prize, and shortlisted for the Commonwealth prize. Her plays include Comfort me with Apples, which won an Evening Standard Award, and Bedlam, which was the first play written by a woman for Shakespeare's Globe. She writes for BBC Radio 3 and 4, and won the Richard I...
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Title:The Colour Of MilkFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.75 × 5.1 × 0.5 inPublished:June 25, 2013Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0241959543

ISBN - 13:9780241959541

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastically written but so tragic! 4.5 Stars. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this devastating but riveting tale. It is written in such a way that you get to know Mary so well and admire her so much. I read right through until the tragic, unjust ending so prevalent in that era. I have to say that I think Nell Leyshon did a spectacular job of the diction; really unlike anything else I've read.
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