This book has been sitting on my shelf for more than a year. When I realized it was centered around a refugee girl in London (who, in my head, looked like Tara of True Blood for some reason), I gave it a read on the eve of my emigration to the city. I can’t stop being more thankful ever since. Parts of it are forever engraved into my mind…and heart. It is a touching tale, beautifully written by Guardian writer Chris Cleave. A must-read.