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Seven writers, including Joanne Harris, Marie Phillips, and Irvine Welsh, spent time with a charity promoting the development of women and girls--and were inspired to write an extraordinary array of stories and essays that statistics cannot convey Irvine Welsh tells a story of prostitutes in the Dominican Republic, while Xiaolu Guo tells of a policeman with a Khmer Rouge past. Marie Phillips takes on the sexual abuse of Ugandan schoolgirls--and the outcome of the abuse. Seven authors have visited seven different countries--Brazil, Togo, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, Uganda, Ghana, and the Dominican Republic--and spoken to young women and girls about their lives, struggles, and hopes. The result is an extraordinary collection of writings based on the girls' true stories, about prejudice, abuse, and neglect, but also about courage, resilience, and changing attitudes.
Irvine Welsh's titles include "Filth," "Glue," "Porno," "Reheated Cabbage," and "Trainspotting," which was made into a film. Joanne Harris is the author of many novels, including the Whitbread-shortlisted "Chocolat," which was made into a film, "Blackberry Wine," "Five Quarters of the Orange," "Gentlemen and Players," and "The Girl with No Shadow." Tim Butcher is a journalist and the author of "Blood River," shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. Xiaolu Guo is the author of the Orange Prize-nominated "A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary For Lovers" and a filmmaker whose films have shown at Sundace and MOMA. Deborah Moggach is the author of "Tulip Fever." Kathy Lette is the author of "Altar Ego." Marie Phillips is the author of "Gods Behaving Badly."