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What Is She Doing Here? By Kate Clanchy

What Is She Doing Here?
by Kate Clanchy

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Antigona,' I said. 'How would you feel if I wrote your life down in a book?'

'Good,' she said. 'Good. And then a feature film actually. Mini-series. Because there are a thousand women behind me in this country, having shit lives, 'scuse my language. No one can understand their lives, here.

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What Is She Doing Here? by Kate Clanchy

What Is She Doing Here? is a memoir of the five years the poet Kate Clanchy spent living closely with Antigona, a Kosovan refugee. Antigona becomes her project, her protegee, her cleaner, her nanny, and slowly, through hours of conversation and negotiations of difference, her friend.

Through the story of the women's growing understanding is woven the dramatic tale of Antigona's great escape - from Milosevic, from her forced, violent marriage, and from the most traditional pastoral society in Europe - and the growing toll of her losses, as she and her rebellious teenage daughters negotiate London. Antigona's wit and vertiginous perspectives on contemporary life illuminate and transform the way the writer thinks, bringing many hard truths uncomfortably close to home.

'Kate Clanchy has written not just a heart-stopping story, but one that is essential for our times.' Anne Enright

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About Kate Clanchy


Kate Clanchy was born and grew up in Scotland but now lives in Oxford. Her poetry collections Slattern, Samarkand and Newborn have brought her many literary awards and an unusually wide audience. She is the author of the much acclaimed Antigona and Me, and was the 2009 winner of the BBC Short Story Award. She has also written extensively for Radio 4.

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GOR001861874
What Is She Doing Here? by Kate Clanchy
Kate Clanchy
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Pan Macmillan
2008-05-30
288
0330443828
9780330443821
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