Susannah Carlton a writer and published author from the UK has just released her second novel ‘Biting the Stick’ a hard hitting story on the very serious subject of Female Genital Mutilation
Susannah has a background of working as a counsellor specialising in domestic violence and writes about topics close to her heart, especially when she believes those topics need some much needed publicity to try and raise public awareness as to their existence.
The subject of female genital mutilation has more recently been gaining the attention of some high profile people, including the British Prime Minister, David Cameron and the Duchess of Cornwall.
The British police, unlike the French, have never brought a successful prosecution for this offence even though in theory it carries a prison sentence of up to 14 years. The French police, and this practice occurs all over Europe, are much more pro-active and have reduced it happening significantly. Tens of thousands of children are affected. The novel is really about the process of accommodation, or not, by the wider community to behaviour from other cultures now embedded in their societies.
Published and available as both a paperback and a Kindle ebook you can find a review of the story on Squidoo here Biting the Stick
It is an account of what happens when a student support worker stumbles upon a cutting party, her personal trauma, the politics that are invoked and the different perspectives of all those involved. A great story written to raise awareness of a practice that really shouldn’t have a place in the 21st century.