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Black Baby

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As a child, Alice had paid the nuns half a crown to adopt a black baby from the mission in Africa: a baby which never appeared. Now a loveless spinster of 67 still yearning for a daughter, Alice has a dull and predictable life. Then bawdy black Dinah storms into her home and transforms it for ever.
Published (first published October 23rd 1989)
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'I have always believed that those who are indifferent to sex are poorly endowed with spirit' - p.122

"I have a theory," she confided to Figgis. "The people of this country are fill of kindness, but always to strangers. When a relationship is required - landlady, mother, husband, wife, complications and hostilities arise. They do not have the facility for intimacy". p. 153

'It is an offence to catch the eye of others when you are lonely. People smile too kindly and it causes tears
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