Yuki chan in Brontë Country
The new novel from Mick Jackson, Booker Prize-shortlisted author of The Underground Man and Ten Sorry Tales
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Yuki is visiting her sister in the UK, but is also secretly retracing their mother’s footsteps from a holiday ten years before. Something terrible happened not long after her mother’s visit and Yuki wants to find out the cause. With the help of a local girl, Denny, she sets out to unearth and explain her family’s secrets . . .
[An] unconventional. highly readable, often very funny and strangely touching novel. Since winning the Authors' Club Best First Novel prize with The Underground Man (1997), Mick Jackson's work has been increasingly characterised by a perceptive humanity, laced with sly wit and presented with irresistible dynamism, and this is no exception ... It's the kind of book you can't stop reading but don't want to finish.
Jackson is a superb writer with a gift for dialogue.
There are some lovely ideas in Mick Jackson's latest novel, befitting the mercurial, fretful nature of its narrator.
The psychic detective story soon becomes an engrossing one of a motherless young girl finding her way in the world and dealing with her grief.
Yuki Chan in Bronte Country is spot on in its rendering of the round and roundness of grief ... a quietly devastating study of loss that sneaks up on you - a cupcake with something unbearable beneath the frosting.
A charming and utterly absorbing meditation on grieving and identity.
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