Released on 22 March 2012.
Scottish Book Awards Non-fiction Award
Scottish Book Awards Book of the Year
National Book Awards Biography of the Year
With an introduction by the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon
‘Like the best memoirs, this one is written with novelistic and poetic flair. Red Dust Road is a fantastic, probing and heart-warming read’ Independent
From the moment when, as a little girl, she realizes that her skin is a different colour from that of her beloved mum and dad, to the tracing and finding of her birth parents, her Highland mother and Nigerian father, Jackie Kay’s journey in Red Dust Road is one of unexpected twists, turns and deep emotions. In a book remarkable for its warmth and candour, she discovers that inheritance is about much more than genes: that we are shaped by songs as much as by cells, and that what triumphs, ultimately, is love.
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Picador author Jackie Kay has been named the new Makar, National Poet for Scotland.
To get a taster of this wonderful book read the first chapter here.
In her deeply moving new book, Red Dust Road, Jackie Kay describes an encounter with a stranger on a train who reads her ancestry in her features. Read on for an extract from the book and the poem that the chance meeting inspired.
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