Bookclub with Ishi Robinson

Thursday 23 May, 7.30pm at Sevenoaks Bookshop

Join us for a bookclub with Ishi Robinson to celebrate her debut novel, Sweetness in the Skin!

We love to support debut authors at the shop, and this heartfelt story of food, family, community and finding your voice is one we can’t wait to discuss.

Fourteen-year-old Pumkin Patterson lives in a two-room house in Kingston Jamaica with her devoted grandmother, her beloved Aunt Sophie, and a mother who could not care less about her. When her conniving estranged father shows up Pumkin’s only real escape is baking – while making sweet potato pudding and apple turnovers she can forget the fighting at home.

When Aunt Sophie is offered the chance to move to France, she promises to send for Pumkin as soon as she can afford to. But when things take a turn for the worse in Pumkin’s household, she’s determined to raise the money herself. Her mother is determined to make her stay, but will her friends, neighbours and talent for baking be her escape?

Ishi Robinson was born and raised in Jamaica and now lives and works in Berlin. Her first ever publication was a short story in a Jamaican national newspaper when she was eleven years old. Since then she’s written pieces for various publications in Jamaica, Canada and Rome, and also short fiction in a range of publications.
Sweetness in the Skin is her first novel.

Photo credit: Zoe Spawton

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