Red Dust Road

Red Dust Road In this revelatory and redemptive book Jackie Kay tells the story of her own life It is a book about belonging and beliefs strangers and family biology and destiny and what makes us who we are

  • Title: Red Dust Road
  • Author: Jackie Kay
  • ISBN: 9780330451062
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this revelatory and redemptive book Jackie Kay tells the story of her own life It is a book about belonging and beliefs, strangers and family, biology and destiny and what makes us who we are.

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    1. Outstanding, brilliant, what a wonderful book and beautifully articulated story. A favourite for 2012, a hidden treasure absolutely. Can't wait to read more from her.Read my full review on my blog 'Word by Word'

    2. I have never felt as intensely mirrored or seen as I did from reading this book. I'm actually kind of shaking a little. Thank you Jackie.

    3. I had not heard of this writer until I was given the audio CD version of this book for Christmas. Jackie Kay is a poet and a professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University in the UK.Many people have written about the evil effects of discrimination and this author has encountered more than most. She was born to a white Scottish woman and a black Nigerian father and adopted by a white Scottish couple in the 1960s in Glasgow where most people were hostile to anyone with a darker skin. She is [...]

    4. I think at the moment I'm really into books that take their political commitments for granted, that aren't about trying to persuade you into them or explain them, that don't assume you don't already share those values, where radical politics is the setting, not the jewel. Human stories about and for politicised people. I came across Jackie Kay in a book of women's poetry -- she'd written a poem about a woman frantically trying to hide all traces of her left-wing political commitments from her ho [...]

    5. From BBC Radio 4 - Book at the Week:t was the imminent birth of her son that prompted the poet and novelist Jackie Kay to try and trace the parents who had given her up for adoption in the 1960s.Her own childhood had been a profoundly happy one with open and loving parents . They had always made it clear to her that she and her elder brother, both mixed race, were 'special' because they had been 'chosen'. But Scotland and indeed Britain was not always an easy place to be, particularly in those e [...]

    6. blurb - It was the imminent birth of her son that prompted the poet and novelist Jackie Kay to try and trace the parents who had given her up for adoption in the 1960s. Her own childhood had been a profoundly happy one with open and loving parents . They had always made it clear to her that she and her elder brother, both mixed race, were 'special' because they had been 'chosen'. But Scotland and indeed Britain was not always an easy place to be, particularly in those early years, if your skin c [...]

    7. I got this book free at an event for world book night, I'd heard Jackie Kay on radio 4 before and liked her and since bought some of her poetry which I enjoyed. I was pleased when she was appointed makar, and thought I'd give this a go.There are so many really moving moments, mainly to do with her tracking down her biological family, but i wanted to highlight one thing specifically: the warmth with which she describes her upbringing and her communist parents, the humanitarian values they taught [...]

    8. Great memoir, beautifully written and giving real insight into Jackie Kay's life, and how she feels about herself. I have already read and enjoyed Trumpet, I think I will try some of her poetry now.

    9. Comes across very well that Kaye is looking for a sense of place other than Scotland as she searches for her birth parents. Her journey takes her from Glasgow to Nigeria via Aberdeen An easy and engaging read and you question inheritance or nurture in what we become. How accidents can send us on different paths is explored. I hope a second biography is published to tell us what happens next.

    10. I knew nothing about Jackie Kay before opening this book, so it was a bit of a leap in the dark. She writes poetry, it turns out, and has obviously attracted some attention with it because she has an MBE. But this book is not about her writing, it's about how she was adopted and came to find her natural parents. Not that there's much to say about that - they never really become three dimensional, glimpsed in rather fraught occasional meetings in their old age. But if the central focus of the boo [...]

    11. An excellent autobiography. Kay is a black, gay, adopted woman and made the decision (in adulthood) to trace her white Scottish mother and black Nigerian father. Her birth parents are not what she had expected (nor, what I as a reader, had hoped for, for Kay) and it struck me that for adopted people who don't have such brilliant adoptive parents, tracing your birth parents could be disappointing to the point of traumatic. Kay's writing is excellent. The narrative jumps around in time, which at t [...]

    12. While I have very very little in common with Jackie Kay (we're both women and we both had questions regarding our biological fathers and that's about it), I felt wrapped up in her travels to find where she came from. It wasn't so much a quest as it was taking opportunities as they were presented. She wasn't sentimental or melodramatic about meeting her parents; to me her journey read more likewell, a journey. It was more than just meeting her mother and father and extended families and becoming [...]

    13. This was my first foray into digital audiobook, my first loan from the new library service. I had wanted to read Red Dust Road since it came out and I knew from hearing Jackie Kay on the radio that her reading would enhance the experience.The book is a selected memoir of aspects of Jackie Kay's life (her working life as a writer is really only a backdrop) and moves back and forth (the timeline is a little clumsy) between her experiences growing up as a mixed race adoptee in a Communist family in [...]

    14. Red Dust Road is the compelling autobiographical account of a woman’s search for her birth parents. The book was chosen by my very small book group, and we meet to talk about it on Wednesday. We will have lots to discuss I think. Not just a hugely compelling memoir, this is a book which raises questions of race, family and belonging.The story of Jackie Kay’s upbringing and search for her biological parents is not told chronologically – the narrative moves back and forth across the decades, [...]

    15. This was a really heart warming and eye opening memoir. I have seen Jackie Kay reading her poetry live and it is really interesting to find out about the life behind the poet. She comes across as intelligent, kind and insightful but not at all pretentious. I am often blind to the small sufferings people of other backgrounds go through on a day to day basis just because of the colour of their skin or their beliefs. Jackie does not portray herself as a victim despite her colourful life experiences [...]

    16. Red Dust Road won the Scottish Book of the Year Award and I was delighted to win copies of all the shortlisted books in a competition over on For Books Sake. (Just a week before the close of public voting on the winner, so I had to speed read all four books but I did get my vote in!).Red Dust Road is Jackie Kay's account of growing up in Glasgow, black, lesbian and adopted. It also covers her search for her birth parents. It is a companion piece to her recent poetry collection Fiere (which I rev [...]

    17. First of all, I liked the easy flow of Jackie Kay's writing. It came across as if she was just telling the story while sitting down with a cup of tea. There was no hint of trying to impress by stringing awkward sentences together. Secondly, Jackie Kay is funny and at times made me laugh out loud. I felt I could relate to her sense of humour. Perhaps the Scottish blood in me too!I won't go into the details of how she got along with her biological father, although I will say that some parts made m [...]

    18. This is Jackie Kay's story of the hunt for her birth parents - her Nigerian father and her Highlands mother. The story leaps from past to present, touching on the incidents of racism, deliberate and unwitting, that she's fallen victim to over the years as well as some lovely sketches of her socialist adoptive parents and her happy and unconventional upbringing. It made me think, made me angry and made me laugh. It's a quick read because it's written so prettily; her effortless poetic style is pr [...]

    19. Jackie Kay, true to her talents, writes a poetic account of her physical and emotional journey to discover her birth parents. With a birth mother of Scottish heritage and a father from a village in Nigeria, this is a journey of many contrasts. As expected the journey requires plenty of soul-searching and there is jubilation but also times of uncertainty which makes this such a compelling read. In many ways, while reading this book, it felt like getting to know new friends with moments of discove [...]

    20. Poet and writer Jackie Kay's portrayal of her efforts to track down her Highland birth mother, and Nigerian birth father and her loving family life with her adoptive parents in Glasgow is one of the most enjoyable books I've read in a while. I read this after enjoying Pauline Black's autobiography, another black child adopted by white parents in Britain and it was interesting to read the different paths that take lives in the direction that they head off in. I now need to go back and re-read Jac [...]

    21. Jackie Kay's search for her birth parents took us to foreign countries and inside interesting characters. I was amazed at how her adopted parents were such accepting, generous, and gentle people. Good writing, bits of humor, and getting know more about this authors life kept me turning the pages. While some memoirs can be a bit boring and too involved, Red Dust Road was not one of them. I truly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to friends.

    22. I loved this book. My reading of it was enhanced by having heard the author read some of it so I could listen to her voice whilst reading it myself. JK had a happy, if unusual, upbringing by Communist adoptive parents just outside Glasgow. The story of her search for her birth parents is by turn hilarious and deeply moving.

    23. Hardly any rain here, so the title of the book suits the situation well.I liked the book. Not more than that though, since I was (at times) confused by the jumping back and forth in time & place. The story itself was nice to read, sometimes moving, especially the parts about the racism. It was quite dready at times too, but all in all interesting to read.

    24. I really wanted to love this, and parts of it I did. But the parts I didn't connect to cast this negative light on the rest of the memoir. For me, the very best parts were Jackie with her Scottish parents, and her time in her ancestral village in Nigeria.

    25. Jackie Kay's autobiography is moving, funny, sad, joyous and highly entertaining. As I walked listening to the story she narrated herself, she began to feel like an old friend. She just sounds like someone I would like to know. A bundle of joy!

    26. Really enjoyed this, she weaves an interesting tale and shines a refreshing positive light on adoption.

    27. Lush, vivid and heartwrenchingly honest. The contrast of Kay's disappointment in the reality of her birth parents with her intense love for her adoptive parents is wonderful. Recommended.

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