The Go-Away Bird

The Go-Away Bird

by Warren FitzGerald


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A powerful, heart-wrenching story of friendship and love‘This is a story about me, Clementine, and my friends: a panther called Levi, a pelican called Lola and a turtle called Jimmy. It is about dragons and goblins, my Daddy the King, my Mummy the Queen and Prince Pio my brother. At least that is the way I tell it sometimes when thoughts of the blood, the machetes, the swamp and the fear of Uncle Leonard become too hard to describe.But that was all before I met Ashley, wonderful Ashley. Not that he would ever call himself wonderful in a million years. When he tells you his story you will see what I mean…’Ashley Bolt – A middle-aged, loner for whom teaching singing is the only escape from his London life. In an attempt to forget a violent past he turns to self-harming but this provides little comfort.Clementine Habimana – A Rwandan child refugee who witnesses the 1994 genocide at first-hand and lives to tell her story. Delivered into the hands of an abusive uncle in the UK, Clementine remains undeterred in her hope for a brighter future.When their two worlds collide, nothing is ever the same again…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007317387
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 09/29/2011
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

Warren FitzGerald was born in 1973. Since graduating from Warwick University he has been a professional singer and worked with children and adults with disabilities. He has undertaken several voluntary projects overseas including building a health centre in Kibungo, Rwanda (the setting for The Go-Away Bird). He lives in London.

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‘FitzGerald writes about Africa vividly, painting interior scenes and green tropical landscapes that jump out of the page. He may do for Rwanda something of what Alexander McCall Smith's lady detective series has done for Botswana…it is a funny, musical, hopeful and poignant story.’ CAPE TIMES‘It is hard to believe this is Warren FitzGerald's first novel, so sure is his hand and so powerful the book.’ MAIL & GUARDIAN

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The Go-Away Bird 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DubaiReader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very nearly 5 stars.After an 'iffy' start I really got into this book and couldn't put it down. I even got to like the character of Ashley who was far from endearing in the early chapters. Clementine was adorable from the first of course! What dropped the star for me was the constant reference to music of a certain era, which didn't interest me at all.Having done some research about the author I realise he is a professional musician - you can listen to his music on UTube. The short UTube description on Amazon also provided some interesting background including the comparative references to cutting - self harming versus being chased by men with machettes.Ashley is a loser, holed up in a crumby block of flats in a cheap area of London, he makes a living giving singing tuition. Clementine is a happy 10 year old in Rwanda with her parents (one Hutu, one Tutsi) and her brother Pio.Ashley learns of the genocide through newspaper reports and TV, taking only a cursory interest, Clementine experiences it first hand.We are nearly 2/3 through the book before their paths cross.How, and with what outcome I shall leave to the reader.Suffice to say this is an excellent read and quite an eye opener.Wonderful to hear the author state in his video that 15 years later the Hutus and the Tutsis are living peacably together again as Rawandans. I'd love him to write more fiction that might perhaps fill in that gap in time.