The Colour of Milk

Nell Leyshon

First Sentence:      this is my book and i am writing it by my own hand.

Back of the book:       Mary is a sharp-tongued farm girl, and she will do anything to learn to read and write. But as she does so through four seasons of one extraordinary year, she discovers that nothing comes for free. Told by a narrator whose urgent, unforgettable voice will break your heart, The Colour of Milk is an astonishing novel.

Quotes from the book:

it is the year of our lord eighteen hundred and thirty one.
outside my window the sun is pale and the birds have fallen silent.
writing takes a long time. each word has to be lettered and spelled on to the page and when i am done i have to look at it again to see if i have chosen right.
and some days i have to stop for i have to think about what it is i have to say. and what it is i want to say. and why it is i am saying it.
and it takes longer for me to write about something that happened than it took for it to happen.
but i must be quick for i do not have much time.

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Last Sentence:      and then i shall be free.

A quirky, unique book this. Enjoyable enough, but not essential…


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