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‘Small Great Things’ by Jodi Picault

This is a great novel set in New York – tackling racism, injustice and the natural bias we all carry around inherently as we live our daily lives, just because of the environs we were born into.

Ruth is an Afro American labour nurse who is forbidden to touch a new-born baby, which goes against all her training, professionalism and experience. The baby develops emergency medical needs, exacerbated by delayed treatment, and Ruth’s calm, measured life goes into a tailspin as events test her personal philosophy of working hard to achieve her goals. All the main characters have to reassess their certainties in the wake of new evidence which challenges their preconceived ideas. It’s a great read- and very apposite in this age of unabashed division, poisonous messages and polarised attitudes.

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