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Denise Else

This extract from the novel "Red Dust Road" by Jackie Kay is presented as part of the UK-Russia Year of language and Literature 2016's New writing from the UK: a competition for Russian translators of English

The translation is made by Elena Bushneva (Krasnogorsk).

Jackie Kay "Red Dust Road" (2011)

Genre: Non Fiction - Memoir
Publisher: Picador/ Pan Macmillan
Awards: Jackie has just been named Makar (Scottish Poet Laureate); Pen/ Ackerley Shortlist (Red Dust Road); Saltire Scottish First Book Award (The Adoption Papers, 1991); Somerset Maugham Award (Other Lovers, 1994); Guardian Fiction Prize (Trumpet)

Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh. She is a poet, novelist and writer of short stories and has enjoyed great acclaim for her work for both adults and children. She has published two collections of stories with Picador:Why Don't You Stop Talking and Wish I Was Here; a memoir, Red Dust Road; and a collection of poems, Fiere. She teaches at Newcastle University, and lives in Manchester.

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.