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This is the true story of Eliska Tanzer. Born into a Romani life, her family already outcasts, she has no future and no way out. Very early on, Eliska realises that the only way she will ever be happy is to leave the place and make her way in the world through an education. So she sets in motion a chain of events that will bring her to England and take her within inches of her dreams.

But the dusty road she must tread is fraught with challenges, and soon young Eliska has to face up to the brutalities of the world and her own struggle to stay alive.

This is her story. A story of remarkable will, determination and desire to become a better person. A story of a girl on the brink.

‘A scintillating, devastating memoir, and a fiercely witty and unabashed tribute to the toughness of the human spirit. Eliska Tanzer has lived across worlds you might presume could not possibly be connected: with a unique and uncompromising voice she lays bare the complexity of families, of trauma, of courage, of European society, and of hope. If you want to keep your stereotypes pristine and intact, you’d better avoid this book. An unforgettable and courageous debut from a unique mind.’
Damian Le Bas 

‘Eliska’s story is an extraordinary, and powerful read. It’s the ultimate book about survival and an against all odds fight to make it in life. Highly recommend.’
Clover Stroud, author of My Wild and Sleepless Nights