A stunning children’s novel from the Costa Award-winning author of Asha & the Spirit Bird.
This story follows archaeology-obsessed Xanthe as she uncovers her family’s secrets. Xanthe loves visiting her gran in her flat with its rooftop garden.
But Nani is becoming forgetful – and Xanthe wishes she could help her, if only she knew how.
A mysterious cat shows her a way. It leads Xanthe to clues about Nani’s childhood, and how, long ago, she had to escape her old life in Africa for a new one in Britain.
Set in a tower block in Nottingham, this tale of secrets, family, refugees, belonging and love brings Jasbinder Bilan’s trademark magical realism to an urban, everyday setting.