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In the Ditch

Buchi Emecheta
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (Penguin Classics)
Published: August 31, 2023
ISBN: 9780241578124
176 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom


Adah is a single mother of five, living in a dank, crumbling housing estate for ‘problem families’, avoiding the rats and rubbish. It’s not quite the new start in London she had planned. As she navigates the complicated welfare system that keeps her trapped in poverty, can she cling to her dream of a better life, and find somewhere that feels like home?

Buchi Emecheta’s scorching debut novel drew on her own experiences to paint a moving picture of hope, unexpected friendship, and survival.

In the Ditch joins The Joys of Motherhood and Second-Class Citizen in Penguin Modern Classics, with a bespoke cover design from Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Ofili.

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