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NOMINATED FOR THE 2014 CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL

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“The very first idea for the book came on a trip to Crete. I was there with my then-boyfriend (now husband) driving around the potholed roads of the Akrotiri Peninsula in a tin-can rented car… “ READ MORE

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 “There are so many nuances and such precise observations that Red Ink transcends categorisation.
I loved it…” – Independent On Sunday

“This is a brilliantly observed story of grief,
sacrifice and redemption – and the unbreakable bond between mothers and daughters” – Daily Mail 


“Heartbreaking and, ultimately, uplifting” – We Love This Book

“Powerful, unusual and enormously compelling” – BookTrust

“This is a wonderful book about the damage lies and myths can ultimately do to a family and how the truth, though harsh, really can set you free” – The Bookseller

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Selected for the World Book Day Summer Reading List, Booktrust’s Summer Reads 2013 and Booktrust’s Children’s Book Week Best Book Guide 2013.

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“Some kids get their parents’ jewellery or record collections as hand-me-downs.
Mum gave me this name…”

When 15-year-old Melon Fouraki’s mother is knocked down and killed by a London bus, she is left with no family worth mentioning. Her mother, Maria, never did introduce Melon to a “living, breathing” father.

The indomitable Auntie Aphrodite, meanwhile, is hundreds of miles away on a farm in Crete, and is unlikely to be jumping on a plane and coming to East Finchley anytime soon.

But at least Melon has ‘The Story’. ‘The Story’ is the Fourakis family fairytale. A story is something.

Red Ink is a blackly comic coming-of-age tale about superstition, denial and family myth.

World Rights: Hot Key Books (USA – Candlewick, Italy – Giunti)

UK Publication: 7 February 2013 (Hardback and ebook), 6 June 2013 (Paperback)

Italian Publication: 1 July 2015 (Paperback and ebook)

US Publication: 9 February 2016 (Hardback and ebook)

Photos by Kavita Raju

Take a Red Ink Musical Tour of Kentish Town, one of the book’s settings.

You can read an extract from Red Ink in Volume 10 (1) of Stand Magazine