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Open My Eyes, that I may see marvellous things
Introducing an original and captivating debut novel from Alice Allan set in Ethiopia, drawing on the author’s own extraordinary experience working with midwives and new mothers in Addis Ababa championing skin-to-skin ‘kangaroo care’ for premature babies.
How can you hold a baby next to your skin without it touching your heart? When adopted midwife Mariam embarks on a project to protect an abandoned premature baby in Addis Ababa, she is forced to face her own abandonment years before. Time is running out before the baby is sent to the orphanage. A mysterious character from the city surrounding the hospital will be crucial in determining the baby’s fate, as will a workaholic British doctor with whom Mariam finds herself falling in love…
Open My Eyes, that I may see marvellous things is a vivid and moving story exploring themes of attachment, identity, love and loss. Fizzing with atmosphere and compelling characters this thought-provoking debut marks the arrival of a fresh and engaging new talent.
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Alice Allan grew up in rural Devon and read English at Cambridge University. She worked as an actress and as a corporate trainer in London and Tokyo, before qualifying as a lactation consultant after the birth of her children. She worked in public hospitals in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she trained hundreds of health workers about breastfeeding, and was an advocate for skin-to-skin and kangaroo care for premature babies. She has contributed articles on mothering and breastfeeding to a range of publications. She currently lives in Tashkent, Uzbekistan with her diplomat husband, two daughters and a large Ethiopian street dog called Frank. Open My Eyes is her first novel. Twitter: @alicemeallan
Listen to Alice Allan read an excerpt from her novel Open My Eyes that I may see marvellous things
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Giveaway will be drawn on March 30, 2017
If you’d like to read Alice Allan’s book you can buy your copy through Pinter & Martin.