Thicker Than Soup

By Kathryn Joyce

Literary fiction | Paperback, eBook


Focused on their careers, Sally, the daughter of a Pakistani immigrant and English mother, and her partner, John, the much-loved son of adoptive parents, are equally committed to a child-free future. Then a surprise pregnancy — and doubts about the paternity — hurls them into new, but separate lives. Devastated by the loss of her job, her partner and her home, Sally and her baby embark on a journey to Pakistan to meet her father's distant family. Once there, her eyes are opened to a world that challenges her deepest beliefs. Meanwhile, John hides his vulnerability behind increasing success as a restaurateur. But the baby has rattled skeletons, and unable to avoid his past, he too embarks on a journey — to find his birth parents. A moving tale of relationships set against a backdrop of both Thatcher's Britain and a beautifully evoked Pakistan, "Thicker Than Soup" explores the serious issues of cultural diversity, the 'who am I?' of adoption, and the devastating shock of HIV.


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Focused on their careers, Sally, the daughter of a Pakistani immigrant and English mother, and her partner, John, the much-loved son of adoptive parents, are equally committed to a child-free future. Then a surprise pregnancy — and doubts about the paternity — hurls them into new, but separate lives. Devastated by the loss of her job, her partner and her home, Sally and her baby embark on a journey to Pakistan to meet her father's distant family. Once there, her eyes are opened to a world that challenges her deepest beliefs. Meanwhile, John hides his vulnerability behind increasing success as a restaurateur. But the baby has rattled skeletons, and unable to avoid his past, he too embarks on a journey — to find his birth parents. A moving tale of relationships set against a backdrop o...


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'Foodie, scribbler, reader, traveller, chocolate addict and author of literary fiction novel "Thicker Than Soup", says my Twitter profile. True, but the writing came later than the rest. Despite an early passion for reading and writing that had been inspired many years ago by an English teacher, the following chapters of my life little time for anything literary other than a chapter or two before bed. Family and work were the priorities. And no regrets! But then a change of direction took me and my husband to work abroad with Voluntary Service Overseas. Life in West Africa, then Pakistan, and then Vietnam, brought new and exciting experiences almost every day and the desire to record and share the new life with loved ones at home led to a new phase of writing. On our return home a friend suggested, “Those newsletters were interesting, why not write a book?” And with inspiration to write re-ignited, the newsletters morphed into a new guise; they became meaningful resources for "Thicker Than Soup".


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'Foodie, scribbler, reader, traveller, chocolate addict and author of literary fiction novel "Thicker Than Soup", says my Twitter profile. True, but the writing came later than the rest. Despite an early passion for reading and writing that had been inspired many years ago by an English teacher, the following chapters of my life little time for anything literary other than a chapter or two before ...


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