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Brought to you by Penguin. 

Winner of the Saga Prize 1997: a literary award for trailblazing new Black British novelists.

A shattering portrayal of family, guilt and unshakeable bonds as a family's deepest secrets explosively unravel. 

When Anita finally returns home to London after a long absence, everything has changed. Her father is dead, her mother is away and she and her sister, Beth, are alone together for the first time in years.

They share a house. They share a family. They share a past.

Tentatively, they reach out to one another for connection, but the house echoes with words unspoken.

Dazzling and heart-breaking, Bernard and the Cloth Monkey is a searing portrait of family, a rebellion against silence and a testament to the human capacity for survival.

©1998 Judith Bryan (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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"A quietly outstanding work of fiction...an exemplary novel." (Bernardine Evaristo)

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