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W&N Memoir HB / ETPB May £18.99 / £14.99 464pp 978 0 297 60838 7 / 978 0 297 60839 4 eBook: £18.99 / 978 0 297 60840 0

‘She is one of the most gifted writers in her country’ – Isabel Allende

ALICE WALKER Gathering Blossoms Under Fire The Journals of Alice Walker a beautifully illustrated, definitive account of alice Walker’s life, told in the Pulitzer Prize winner’s singular voice.

This is a visual memoir of Alice Walker’s remarkable life as a novelist, essayist, poet and activist in candid photographs, manuscript drafts – including handwritten drafts of The Color Purple – letters and other selections from the personal archive she started keeping when she was fourteen. These records are framed by an intimate first-person narrative that will make readers feel as though they are having a cup of tea with the Pulitzer Prize-winning author as she shares – in her own unguarded, opinionated and singular voice – the story behind each letter, document and snapshot. Escorting readers on a fascinating journey through five decades of American social history, this literary scrapbook captures important public and private moments from an illustrious and inimitable life.

‘This is one of the greatest books of all time’ benjamin Zephaniah on The Color Purple

‘The Color Purple is a lush celebration of all that it means to be female, to be a black female . . . combative, relentless and redemptive’ Chimamanda Ngozi adichie alice Walker won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for The Color Purple. She is the author of many bestselling novels, essays and collections of poetry.

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W&N Non-Fiction • May 2018