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15-year old Zahra has lived in England most of her life, but she is haunted by memories of her early childhood in Africa: the warm sun, the loud gunfire, and the happy days playing with her older sister before “the visitors” came. It is hard for Zahra to make sense of everything that happened, and the terrible events are impossible to talk about, but when three familiar women arrive unexpectedly for tea, Zahra realises that the dangers of the past could still destroy her.
What Was Never Said is the powerful story of a girl navigating the demands of two very different and conflicting worlds; a tale of surviving loss and overcoming fears.
“What Was Never Said tells the story of a young girl growing up, overcoming adversity and finding a way to bridge different cultures”
“An important, beautifully written story that deserves to be read.”
“What Was Never Said came about after Emma met a group of young Somalian students campaigning against FGM and violence against young women and girls.”
Emma Craigie is a writer and teacher. She is also author of Who Was… King Henry VIII (Short Books, 2006). She lives in Somerset with her husband and four children.