Jackie Kay has written all her life. Several of her adult poetry collections have won or been shortlisted for awards across the board. Her first novel Trumpet won the Author's Club First Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize. Her first novel for children, Strawgirl, was a huge critical success.
From the moment when, as a little girl, she realizes that her skin is a different colour from that of her beloved mum and dad, to the tracing and finding of her birth parents, her Highland mother and Nigerian father, Jackie Kay’s journey in Red Dust Road is one of unexpected twists, turns and deep emotions. In a book remarkable for its warmth and candour, she discovers that inheritance is about much more than genes: that we are shaped by songs as much as by cells, and that what triumphs, ultimately, is love.