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The Flower Boy By Karen Roberts

The Flower Boy

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This novel, set in 1930's Ceylon, tells the intertwined story of the Buckwater family and their Ceylonese staff. The developing closeness between the two families leads to tragedy as there must always be complications and secrecy in friendships.

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The Flower Boy by Karen Roberts

The Buckwater family live side-by-side with their Ceylonese staff in a house nestled in the lush hillside tea estates of '30s Ceylon. Premawathi is their cook and housekeeper. She has two beautiful daughters and a son, Chandi, who even at four-years-old is bright, inventive and more mischievous than his young harried mother can sometimes cope with. As the novel opens Elsie Buckwater, an embittered woman, is giving birth to her third baby. Chandi is enchanted by the idea of making an English friend and he christens her Rose-Lizzie after the flowers he loves. But the discontented Elsie imposes a stifling and unhappy atmosphere on the household and forbids Chandi to go near her baby daughter, whom she herself largely ignores. Eventually however she packs her bags and returns to England. Without her, life at the bungalow flourishes.

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About Karen Roberts

Karen Roberts is 33. She is Sri Lankan but has also lived in London and New York. She currently runs an advertising agency in Dubai. This is her first book.

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The Flower Boy by Karen Roberts
Karen Roberts
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Orion Publishing Co
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