Hannah Pool was born in Eritrea in 1974. She was adopted from an orphanage in Asmara (the capital of Eritrea) by a white couple - the wife was American, husband was British - and grew up in Manchester, England. Best known for her column “The New Black” in The Guardian, she is currently a feature writer at The Guardian newspaper. This is her first book. Hannah now lives in London.
"Remarkable...Pool's candor is striking...Her story is as much about an adopted child facing up to the challenge of tracing her biological family as it is about her search for African roots...[She gives] a sense of what it is like to be a young person of African descent who is unquestionably British." -- The Observer (U.K.)
"What a story. So vivid, honest and moving." -- Andrea Levy, author of Small Island
"In this beautifully honest book, Pool gives us a front-row view of how identity is built up, but also how it's dismantled...Simply engrossing." -- Time Out London
"Hannah Pool [is] a thoroughly engaging storyteller [who] offers us a different way of seeing...layered with subtleties. Although passages bring tears to the eyes, the sentiment is never pity. Rather awe -- at the depth of Hannah's experience, her courage in confronting it and her success, finally, in making sense of it all." -- The Sunday Times (London)
"Engaging and moving."' -- Mail on Sunday
"A moving story that sent shivers down my spine in its final moments. Hannah is an engaging raconteur, reporting her emotional highs and lows with insight and humor." -- The Bookseller
"[A] truly moving exploration of identity." -- Sunday Times