Two little girls are taken by their mother to Morocco on a 1960s pilgrimage of self-discovery. For Mum it is not just an escape from the grinding conventions of English life but a quest for personal fulfilment; her children, however, seek something more solid and stable amidst the shifting desert sands.
‘Sheer delight… a strange, wonderful book, full of evocative description, bright humour and melting melancholy.’
‘A remarkable triumph… Not just beautifully written, but forces the reader to look at the world of childhood in a new and exciting light.’
‘Written with the art that conceals art… Hideous Kinky has a delightful lightness of being… the landscape sparkles with allure, and minor characters stand out vividly against it. Beggars, shepherds, innkeepers, idiots, dubious Moroccan and eccentric European ladies are funny and appealing and seen with affection, and so are Mum and determined, tyrannical Bea.’
Gabriel Annan in the Times Literary Supplement.