Bernard and the Cloth Monkey
Through fairy tales, childhood friends and old lovers, a story of treachery, tragedy and shame unfolds. Can Anita and Beth overcome the legacy of the past, or will they stay trapped in their roles as children of ‘Bernard and the Cloth Monkey’?
WINNER OF THE SAGA PRIZE 1997: a literary award for trailblazing new Black British novelists
‘A quietly outstanding work of fiction . . . an exemplary novel’ Bernardine Evaristo
A shattering portrayal of family, guilt and unshakable 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.
Selected by Booker Prize-winning author Bernardine Evaristo, this series rediscovers and celebrates pioneering books depicting black Britain that remap the nation.
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