A Nigerian girl is released from a British detention centre. She phones a journalist, then walks to
to meet him. She turns up two hours before his funeral; in the intervening ten days he has committed suicide. She helps his widow look after the four year old son, who thinks he is Batman. Kingston-upon-Thames
But these two women have already met on a beach in
. And what is the secret of the missing finger? Nigeria
The prose is lyrical, the plot twists and turns. This is a magical book.
August 2011; 374 pages