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The Gospel According to Cane
ISBN: 9781846591570
eISBN: 9781846591587
February 2013
272 pages

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Courttia Newland is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter. His novels include Snakeskin, The Dying Wish and The Scholar. Newland has been shortlisted for several awards, including the CWA Dagger, the Frank O' Connor and the Edge Hill awards.

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The Gospel According to Cane

Courttia Newland


Beverley Cottrell had a dream life: a prestigious job, a beautiful husband and new baby boy. But then, one winter afternoon, when her son was barely a few weeks old, Malakay was kidnapped from a parked car. Despite a media campaign, a full police investigation and the offer of a reward, he was never found.

Two decades later, Beverley believes that she has finally pieced her life together — until a young man starts appearing wherever she goes. One dark evening the stalker gets past her security door and calls through her letterbox. He tells her not to be scared. He tells her that he is Malakay, her son.


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'A thrilling read, full of psychological tension and drama, the emotive account of one woman's response to tragedy. Newland depicts his young characters humanely, compassionately. A stylish, confident novel.' Yvette Edwards, author of A Cupboard Full of Coats

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I went for a wander and a read in the Japanese Garden before I took a slow walk, stopping briefly to admire the 10 peacocks and rabbits. I strolled down Notting Hill and made a right turn, which led me into the market. I was walking pretty fast once I got there, trying not to talk with too many people, buying fruit from the organic stalls beneath Portobello Green, nothing substantial, as Abel & Cole had made a delivery. I was browsing really, enjoying the sun on my back. And then I saw him.

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