Shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2000, this is an extraordinary and heart-breaking novel set in Cardiff's Tiger BayPRIZES:Winner of Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize 2002 (UK)Short-listed for Man Booker Prize 2000 (UK)Long-listed for Guardian First Book Award 2000 (UK)Long-listed for Orange Prize for Fiction 2001 (UK)
With an introduction by D J TaylorMy father would have flipped a coin and watched his fate come twirling down to earth. Dolores is the youngest of six daughters. Growing up in the 1960s in Cardiff's poverty stricken Tiger Bay, her life is cursed from the start when, on the day of her birth, her father gambles and loses everything on a bet that Delores will be a boy. As Dolores grows older, we see this strange underworld through her eyes: Tiger Bay is a place of gaming rooms and cafes, of crumbling houses and burning secrets, and for Dolores and her sisters, their home is a dangerous place, filled equally by fear and love. Thirty years later, the estranged sisters return to Tiger Bay for their mother's funeral. It is a time of consolation, of memories and nightmares, and a chance for Dolores to understand the tragedy that has shaped her existence. The Hiding Place by Trezza Azzopardi is a deeply moving and intensely lyrical novel about love and betrayal. Shortlisted for the 2000 Booker Prize, it portrays the life of a child condemned forever to bear the mark of a disintegrating family.
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