Beauty by Raphael Selbourne

Beauty

Raphael Selbourne

Can 19 year old Beauty survive at the bottom of Wolverhampton's pile? A lively, loving yet sad and thought-provoking portrait of Beauty and her adopted town. Thoroughly recommended.

Extract

There wasn't much else one could do for her or others like her, apart from deporting their close male relatives. And whither, if they were born here? Besides, it wasn't in his power.
Dr Russell watched the Asian girl close the door, wrote up his notes and buzzed through to reception. They could send in his next appointment. Adrian Bennett. Fifty-five years old. Unemployed.
Backache or depression?

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Violence
Explicit sexual content