Praise for Borrowed Body

“Mason-John pens the British  Color Purple’  The New Nation UK

It speaks from the heart with a skillful stylistic  assurance which keeps the pages turning and doesn’t miss a beat. The Independent – Bernadine Evaristo

A major new talent in literary fiction’ Sainsbury Magazine UK

Mason-John fuses  magic realism with the grittiest of true life to spin a young tale of a Nigerian girl who grows up in care’ UK

`Flashes of Brilliance’ USA

‘An extraordinary piece of work’ Sara Maitland

‘A riveting, truthful, touching read that tells us new things about the secret lives of children’  Maggie Gee

‘Luminous and deeply funny’ Bonnie Greer
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    Published 2005 by SerpentsTail

- Winner of the Mind Book of the Year Award 2006

- Winner of the Shorelines and Culture word Competition

- Short listed for the Young Minds Award 2005

- Book of the month  - Precious Magazine

‘A powerful debut about growing up  in 1970s London Black, female, in orphanages, on the streets and in children’s prison.`

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republished as The Banana Kid

    “What makes it so affecting is its authenticity,

    the real sense of someone reliving their

    Barnardo's childhood'.

- Faye Weldon, Michele Roberts, Blake Morrison, judges of Mind's 2005 Book of the year award

Published 2008 by BAAF