Harrowing, haunting and humbling.
|Street Girl by Rozana McGrattan is available from June 2016|
I can’t stop thinking about this book. To know the story is true and this suffering still goes on the world is heart rendering. The ill-treatment Rozana describes is Dickensian to us in the UK – children used as slaves in big houses, forced to work long hours and fed scraps like animals -but this inhumanity took place just a few decades ago.
The author’s years on the streets remind me very much of City of God, a film I watched at college, about the harsh reality of street life in Rio de Janeiro, in which children are forced into a life of crime to survive severe poverty.
It is unfathomable to think Rozana had nobody to turn to when escaped captivity, and how she was mistreated by so many – it really was dog-eat-dog and survival of the fittest. It is not surprising Rozana sunk into bouts of depression and I admire her strength in overcoming her struggles to build two successful businesses. Many would have given up, but Rozana’s determination shows strength of human character; to pick herself up, time and again, and try something new is inspiring. A noble woman who has worked impossibly hard all her life deserves recognition for her courage and her strength, and I really hope people take notice of this book. Well done, Rozana McGrattan, and I wish you all the luck with your book, your businesses and your life with your children. This book has moved me and will stay with me for a long time.
Look out for the launch party in London on 9 June, guest list only, so reserve your space by contacting email@example.com with your full name, as well as the full names of any guests you would like to bring. Pen Works Media advises, ‘there is only space for 100 people, so please only reserve a space if you can definitely attend so you don't prevent others from coming.’ Keep an eye out on Pen Works Media's website and Facebook page for further appearances and events from this talented author, Rozana McGrattan.