Bernard and the Cloth Monkey
Judith Bryan

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Narrated By: Sara Powell, Bernardine Evaristo

Duration: 6 hours and 23 minutes

What to expect

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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

© Judith Bryan 1998 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Genre

Psychoanalytical & Freudian psychology, Family life fiction

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