Bernardine Evaristo on One Day I Will Write About This Place
The hair-dryer spaceman has a grey plastic head. His face is a huge hole gaping at me, and the hole is a flat round net for him to blow hot air. I stick my own head into his helmet and play Six Million Dollar Man.
I have failed to let myself disappear into the patterns of a school where there is no punishment, no bell, no clear timetable, no real shame, for I am not at home, and don’t much care for the approval of the people here.
Granta, London, 2011, pb
272pp ISBN 1 8470 8021 9 £15.99