“I was a girl once, but not any more”.

So begins the extraordinary story of Maryam, abducted with other schoolgirls by Boko Haram. It is beautifully written by the outstanding Edna O’Brien, who does not flinch at telling of the horrors that these girls endured in this fictionalised account.

Maryam does escape but then has to face rejection from her family as she has had a child with one of her abductors. It is heartbreaking at times, but O’Brien’s prose lifts you up and carries you through to the end which is one of hope.

This is the type of book that leaves you feeling as though your understanding of the world has enlarged as has your compassion.

~ Noelle