Saturday, August 16, 2014

Top ten books about hair

Bea Davenport drew on her experiences as a journalist for her first novel, In Too Deep, which was shortlisted for the 2009 Luke Bitmead Bursary. Her children’s novel, The Serpent House, was shortlisted for the 2010 Times/Chicken House Award.

One of Davenport's top ten books about hair, as shared at the Guardian:
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Any girl with anything about them wanted to be Jo, the only one of the March sisters with the guts to challenge convention. None of the others would have had the nerve to sell her chestnut hair for $25, to raise money for her ill father. What's more, she told her sisters that she had realised: "It will do my brains good to have that mop taken off."
Read about the other entries on the list.

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--Marshal Zeringue