Out on 28 April 2022

The Attic Child

Lola Jaye

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28 April 2022
400 pages

Two children trapped in the same attic, almost a century apart, bound by a secret.

1907: Twelve-year-old Celestine spends most of his time locked in an attic room of a large house by the sea. Taken from his homeland and treated as an unpaid servant, he dreams of his family in Africa even if, as the years pass, he struggles to remember his mother’s face, and sometimes his real name . . .

Almost a century later, Lowra, a young orphan girl born into wealth and privilege, will find herself banished to the same attic. Lying under the floorboards of the room is an old porcelain doll, an unusual beaded claw necklace and, most curiously, a sentence etched on the wall behind an old cupboard, written in an unidentifiable language. Artefacts that will offer her a strange kind of comfort, and lead her to believe that she was not the first child to be imprisoned there . . .

A hauntingly powerful, emotionally charged and unique dual-narrative novel about family secrets, love and loss, identity and belonging, seen through the lens of Black British History.

As remarkable as it is touching. Lola’s ability to evoke the era and create characters who you are rooting for from the word ‘go’ takes a real talent

Dorothy Koomson on Orphan Sisters

A lovely, exuberant tear-jerker of a book

Lisa Jewell on By the Time Your Read This

Wonderful, affecting and refreshing, with characters and a storyline that weave together flawlessly. An important slice of social history that I recommend without hesitation

Alexandra Brown on Orphan Sisters