Barefoot, I pick my way across the rough floorboards to where a drawer lined with a quilt serves as a crib.
Kneeling as if at chapel, I gaze down at my babe in her makeshift manger.
I must not touch her. When I look I must not touch. When I touch I must not look. In this way Mam says no bond will form. Having fallen pregnant to a German POW, a young woman gives up her child for adoption.
Years later, after a loveless childhood, her daughter will finally discover the secrets of her birth.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Publishing
- Publication Date: 28/02/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780091947057