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Spilled Water
Spilled Water

Spilled Water

  • Date Published: 2005
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Winner of the Nestle Smarties Prize Gold Award
  • Winner of the West Sussex Book Award
  • Winner of the Lincolnshire Young People's Award

‘With a brilliant first-person narrative and a powerful description of time and place, this novel is gripping, heart-wrenching and utterly mesmerising.’  The Guardian

‘Beautifully written.’  Daily Telegraph

‘Compelling.’  Sunday Times

I was inspired to write this story by an article in a newspaper, about girls being taken to market and sold. It kept nagging away at me, and eventually I felt I had to write about a girl in such a situation. Lu Si-yan is only eleven when her uncle takes her to market and sells her to a cold, calculating couple.  She escapes, but her plight worsens when she is forced to work in appalling conditions in a factory.  The friends she makes there, and her determination to be reunited with her mother and little brother, are the only things that keep her going.

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