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The Colour of Milk

by Nell Leyshon

14 year old Mary lives a very harsh life on her farther's farm in 1830. An unwanted and unexpected change in her circumstances allows her entry into a more refined and educated background but Mary pays a high price for the knowledge she gains. This is a very short novel, written in very basic language, grammar and punctuation, which succeeds in projecting Mary as a very interesting and well drawn heroine. An unusual and compulsive read.

Extract

i don't like to tell you all this.
i don't. but i remember that day and i know it was the day when things changed.
and i told myself i would tell you everything.
you know that.
i said that.
i don't know what he hit me with. i don't know how many times he hit me. i closed my eyes and let him do what he did.

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