Author(s): Nell Leyshon
'This is my book and i am writing it by my own hand'. The year is eighteen hundred and thirty one when fifteen-year-old Mary begins the difficult task of telling her story. A scrap of a thing with a sharp tongue and hair the colour of milk, Mary leads a harsh life working on her father's farm alongside her three sisters. In the summer she is sent to work for the local vicar's invalid wife, where the reasons why she must record the truth of what happens to her - and the need to record it so urgently - are gradually revealed.
I loved it. The Colour of Milk is charming, Bronte-esque, compelling, special and hard to forget. I loved Mary's voice - so inspiring and likeable. Such a hopeful book -- Marian Keyes Laudable ... the prevailing atmosphere of this spare and beautifully crafted novel is one of impending doom Telegraph An urgent tale of class division, poverty and the hardship of life as a poor woman in a patriarchal world ... packs a punch Psychologies Leyshon's talent for dialogue is evident in her novels Observer Infusing domestic events with a creepily obscure expectation of danger is one of Leyshon's great strengths Time Out Leyshon's short chapters show a fine grasp of dialogue and character Guardian
Nell Leyshon's first novel, Black Dirt, was long-listed for the Orange Prize, and shortlisted for the Commonwealth prize. Her plays include Comfort me with Apples, which won an Evening Standard Award, and Bedlam, which was the first play written by a woman for Shakespeare's Globe. She writes for BBC Radio 3 and 4, and won the Richard Imison Award for her first radio play. Nell was born in Glastonbury and lives in Dorset.