The Go-Away Bird
A little girl who was a witness to genocide and a middle aged man with a violent past of his own meet in this powerful, heart-wrenching story of friendship and love
This is a story about me, Clementine, and my friends: a panther called Levi, a pelican called Lola and a turtle called Jimmy. It is about dragons and goblins, my Daddy the King, my Mummy the Queen and Prince Pio my brother. At least that is the way I tell it sometimes when thoughts of the blood, the machetes, the swamp and the fear of Uncle Leonard become too hard to describe.
But that was all before I met Ashley, wonderful Ashley. Not that he would ever call himself wonderful in a million years. When he tells you his story you will see what I mean.
Ashley Bolt is a middle-aged loner for whom teaching singing is the only escape from his London life. In an attempt to forget a violent past he turns to self-harming, but this provides little comfort. Clementine Habimana is a Rwandan child refugee who witnessed the 1994 genocide first-hand and lived to tell her story. Delivered into the hands of an abusive uncle in England, Clementine remains undeterred in her hope for a brighter future. When their two worlds collide, nothing is ever the same again.