In Hand Me Down World a woman washes ashore in Sicily. She has come from north Africa to find her son, taken from her when he was just days old by his father and stolen away to Berlin.
With nothing but her maid’s uniform and a knife stashed in a plastic bag, she relies on strangers to guide her passage north. Lloyd Jones, the award-winning author of Mr Pip discusses his new haunting and beautiful work with ABC Radio National’s Ramona Koval.
Ramona Koval is a writer, journalist, broadcaster and editor. She is an Honorary Fellow at the centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne.
Lloyd Jones was born in New Zealand in 1955. His best-known novel is Mister Pip, which won the 2007 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the 2008 Kiriyama Prize Fiction Category, the 2008 Montana Award for Readers Choice, the Montana Fiction Award and the Montana Medal for Fiction or Poetry.