BOOKS

When Hoopoes Go To Heaven

Gaile Parkin

RRP: £7.99

1 September 2012

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9780857894113

RRP: £14.99

1 February 2012

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9780857894083

RRP: £4.99

1 February 2012

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9780857894106

With gentle humour and a gift for detail, [Gaile Parkin] brings Rwanda to life, with its physical beauty, food and customs… [Baking Cakes in Kigali] is fluent and deeply moving – Independent

From the author of Baking Cakes in Kigali comes the irresistible story of Benedict Tungazara, a ten-year-old boy in Swaziland who loves beautiful birds, his mother’s cakes, and making people happy…

Ten-year-old Benedict is feeling happy. His family’s new home in Swaziland has the most beautiful garden in the whole entire world, teeming with insects, frogs and his favourite cinnamon-coloured birds. Here, crouched in the cool shade of the lucky-bean tree, it’s easy to forget the loneliness that comes from his siblings playing without him, easy to stop himself fretting about how to fix his Mama’s failing cake-baking business.

Of course, there are many things in Africa that cannot be put right by a boy who isn’t yet big. But in Benedict’s wonder-filled world, even the ugliest situation has a certain magic. Warm, funny and brimming with life, Where Hoopoes Go to Heaven paints a fresh and compelling picture of life in Swaziland that will capture your imagination and restore your faith in humanity.