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Kinky Roots: Pencraft Award-Winning Memoir Spans Africa and Europe, Exploring Growth, Healing and Humanity's Craving for Direction

Written from the life, wisdom and experiences of Ingrid Arlington, ‘Kinky Roots’ is an uplifting, poignant and reflective journey alongside the author. From a tumultuous upbringing in Zimbabwe, where violence and assault was rife – to Ingrid meeting her husband in South Africa before starting an arduous new life in the UK. It’s a story that explores how identity, excuses, religion, relationships, self-worth and family heritage all ultimately lay life’s crazy pathway.

United Kingdom – When Ingrid Arlington looks back on her life, it’s been a rollercoaster defined by adversity, poor relationships with men, a move to the other side of the world – and some bold life lessons that have ultimately made Arlington a fearlessly strong woman.

In her new memoir, ‘Kinky Roots’, Arlington invites readers to step alongside her as they rise from the ashes of loss and harassment in Zimbabwe, to a new life in the UK. No step has been without its challenges, yet Arlington steadfastly defines each as a vital part of her story.

From the introduction:

That day, I felt lost, aimless, purposeless. I had received a rejection from an employment agent saying I didn’t get the 33rd job that I’d applied for, whilst sitting on the couch watching NCIS reruns and stuffing my face with all sorts of snacks. I felt like a black Bridget Jones – except I wasn’t trying to quit smoking and I already had the man. Now, you might ask how I got myself into this unemployed situation, feeling all sorry for myself. The easy answer is that I moved from South Africa to the UK with Alex (my husband of nine years), to pursue happiness and the European dream but without a plan of how to do this. The difficult answer, I guess, starts a year after arriving.

“I started re-evaluating my life when I hit unemployment rock bottom in the UK,” explains the author. “It was a very raw process of questioning myself and my identity and reliving my tough upbringing in Zimbabwe – a place where my mother chose her new husband over me, and where I’d been harassed by the age of fourteen. I took a long, hard look at how I’d always chosen controlling men, and felt powerless in every relationship I’d gotten into. As I unraveled things, I began to figure out who I really am.”

Continuing, “My biggest life change was meeting my white husband in race-tense South Africa, only to find him relapsing on a drug habit – fiercely challenging my Christian upbringing. After our separation, I began to mull over everything from excuses, my beliefs, biases around religion, the LGBTQ community, my emotions and how music connects it all – and the definitions I devised are now all shared in this volume”. It’s going to leave people with plenty to think about.

Reviews have been extremely positive. AM Publishers writes, “…Engrossing, strikingly honest, reflective piece.”

Rebecca Millar adds, “It is a fascinating insight into the lived experience of our modern world as well as an exploration of how we can live better, whether that be with ourselves or with others.” writes, “a feisty and delightfully irreverent memoir” and James Sparkman Jr called it, “”Raw and authentic”.

With the volume’s demand increasing, interested readers are urged to secure their copies without delay.

‘Kinky Roots’ is now available at Barnes and Noble, Waterstones, wherever you buy your books online or request it from your bookstore.

You can follow the author on Instagram @ingrid_arlington or on Facebook @kinkyrootsbook

More details:

For enquiries: [email protected]

About the Author:

She is a wife and mum to two adorable Jack Russell terriers. Born in South Africa and raised in Zimbabwe. Cybersecurity consulting is her daily vocation, but she is a newly discovered writer at heart. She loves food, nature, architecture, travel, art and capturing it all on camera. Her ideal day is spent in her pj’s on the couch with a bottomless cup of tea.

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Company Name: Ingrid Arlington
Contact Person: Media Relations
Country: United Kingdom
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