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A Child Called Happiness
A Child Called Happiness

A Child Called Happiness


288 Pages, 5.08 x 7.8

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $11.99 (US $11.99) (CA $15.99)

Publication Date: May 2018

ISBN 9781787198814

Rights: US, CA, AU & NZ

Legend Times Group (May 2018)
Legend Press


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A story of love and consequences that spans generations

A story of love, race, power and consequences that spans generationsThree days after arriving in Zimbabwe, Natalie discovers an abandoned newborn baby on a hill near her uncle’s farm. Years earlier, the hill was home to the Mazowe village where Chief Tafara governed at a time of great unrest. Faced with taxation, abductions and loss of their land at the hands of the white settlers, Tafara joined forces with the neighbouring villages in what becomes the first of many uprisings. A Child Called Happiness is a beautiful and emotive work of historical fiction. This is a story of hope, resilience and reclamation, proving that the choices made by our ancestor’s can echo for many generations to come. What Reviewers and Readers Say:'Collishaw's characters are delicately created and endearingly human', Celeste Hicks'An incredibly timely book about the human upheaval in all its emotional forms,' Rosie Garthwaite‘Steeped in the beautiful smells and sounds of Zimbabwe and evidences Stephan Collishaw’s love of the country… His balanced treatment of an emotive issue will challenge and provoke many readers,’ Phillip Barclay'Deftly weaves together two stories set in different periods of Zimbabwe's history, always taking the reader with him. The vexed issue of land in Zimbabwe and who it belongs to is the common thread. Collishaw creates atmosphere and a sense of place, bringing to life the characters, the history and the politics,' Mary Harper'A gripping yet tender story, played out under a burning African sun, and shot through with thought-provoking authenticity,' Nick Brownlee


"Tense, vivid, effortlessly real… a novel of dramatic width and ambition." —Guardian

"Haunting . . . has an extraordinary ring of authenticity . . . fascinating." —Washington Times

"Collishaw's latest evokes Hemingway's war-torn landscapes with spare language and haunting imagery . . . a sensuous tale of survival . . . an intensely moving account of this war and the scars it has left." —Good Book Guide

"Gripping . . . A haunting and ultimately uplifting tale of love, friendship and betrayal." —Waterstones Books Quarterly

Author Biography

Stephan Collishaw was brought up on a Nottingham council estate and failed all of his O'levels. His first novel 'The Last Girl' (2003) was chosen by the Independent on Sunday as one of its Novels of the Year. In 2004 Stephan was selected as one of the British Council's 20 best young British novelists. His brother is the renowned artist, Mat Collishaw. Stephan now works as a teacher in Nottingham, having also lived and worked abroad in Lithuania and Mallorca, where his son Lukas was born. Follow Stephan on Twitter at @scollishaw