The Girl from Nowhere

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Pub Date 13 Feb 2020 | Archive Date 16 Apr 2020

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Description

For fans of Educated, this is the remarkable true story of a girl from a Romani Ghetto in search of a better life.

‘My mother’s side of the family are Romani. Gypsies. No baby-snatching and tambourines, just resilient souls and richly coloured skin. I look most like them, with my brown eyes and scars. I don’t have the richly coloured skin, though. Instead of deep bronze or golden ochre, I came out the colour of sunflower oil and, thanks to childhood malnutrition followed by years of low iron levels, I’m now the shade of an off-brand Simpson.’

Eliska Tanzer is a dreamer.

Born into a family of prostitutes in a Romani ghetto, she grows up in squalid conditions, with no running water, no education, and no future.

Desperate to make her own way in the world, Eliska sets in motion a chain of events that will lead her to England, to school, and to within inches of her dreams.

But the brutalities of her new life threaten to turn the dream into a nightmare.

This is her story. A true story of resilience, determination, and hunger to learn. A story of a girl on the brink.

A moving and timely memoir from a powerful new voice in literature.

For fans of Educated, this is the remarkable true story of a girl from a Romani Ghetto in search of a better life.

‘My mother’s side of the family are Romani. Gypsies. No baby-snatching and...


Marketing Plan

Advance coverage in Daily Express and Sunday Express S Magazine. Book reviews and interviews expected from Sunday Times Magazine, Sunday Telegraph, Guardian, Psychologies, Woman&Home, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, Red, NB Magazine. Broadcast interviews to be scheduled with Radio 4, BBC Radio 5live and Talk Radio Europe. 6-week National and Regional print advertising campaign, beginning 2 weeks before publication date, to reach 19m readers. High-impact digital advertising campaign, which includes placements across Facebook, Instagram and the audience network, with a potential reach of over 20 million readers.

Advance coverage in Daily Express and Sunday Express S Magazine. Book reviews and interviews expected from Sunday Times Magazine, Sunday Telegraph, Guardian, Psychologies, Woman&Home, Good...


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Featured Reviews

I was granted an e-ARC of The Girl From Nowhere by Eliska Tanszer by the publisher Mirror Books on NetGalley to provide a fair and honest review.

4.5/5 stars
Read 1/23/20 to 1/31/20

This was one of the first books I choose from NetGalley, and I chose it because the cover seemed interesting. As the deadline approached, I sort of lost interest. Part of it was how obscure it is; this is a book that isn’t even being published in North America (based on the available information). However, I said I would review it, so I made a point to at least try. I am beyond happy that I did. I loved pretty much everything about this book.

I could tell within the first 10 pages that I loved her writing. It is dark and vulgar, and it really encapsulated the ton and setting of the story she was telling (it also seems like just normal conversation). The hardest part of a book is ensuring it can pull me in. If that doesn’t happen, I will have a very hard time focusing and retaining information. Tanszer’s writing pulls me in an enjoying and engaging manner. Now, I won’t pretend it is easy to read.

There are parts where I cringed at how Tanszer would minimize or explain away the terrible things her parents did to her. In the end, I got the impression she was articulating her feelings at the time because by the end of the story we have a very good picture of her relationship with them. I really appreciated how she articulated the complexities of her relationship with her family. It is so toxic, but she seems to always hold out hope that they truly care.

Her story is inspiring because it is one of persistence. What’s more, she recognizes her way to a better life is by learning. Learning and proving she is more than so many people would have her be. That was a feeling I could relate to. I don’t mean to suggest people think little of me or that my life is the same as hers, but my love of learning is, in a way, me trying to move up the societal ladder. I really connected to and enjoyed that aspect of the story. I recommend this memoir. 4.5/5 stars

Rating Break Down
Writing Style: 9/10
Content: 10/10
Structure: 10/10
Summary: 10/10
Engagement: 10/10
Enjoyment: 9/10
Comprehension: 9/10
Pacing: 9/10
Desire to Reread: 0/10
Special: 7/10
Final Rating: 4.405/5
Note, each rating is weighted based on personal importance (see blog for more details).

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