One for Sorrow, Two for Joy

Pages: 320
Subject: Fiction
Imprint: Oneworld

One for Sorrow, Two for Joy

Marie-Claire Amuah

Bursting with compassion and heart, the story of a young woman breaking free from the superstitions that keep her trapped...
9780861542321 (18 Aug 2022)
RRP £16.99

The Book


On the surface, Stella's British-Ghanaian family home is full of humour and joy. But in reality, her life is governed by her bullying, cruel father and the family is in chaos. 

Stella looks for order wherever she can find it, creating a complex web of superstitions that she hopes will keep her safe, hunting out magpies every day, touching wood wherever she goes. The only place she is free from these rituals is with her cousins in Ghana. For a while, at least, her tactic seems to work as she navigates university, career and friendship. But old patterns begin to catch up with Stella, and she soon learns that magpies alone can't protect her from heartbreak and danger.

Immersive, heart-rending and defiant, One for Sorrow, Two for Joy is a story of courage, endurance, and a young woman determined to thrive against the odds.

Additional Information

Subject Fiction
Pages 320
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Marie-Claire Amuah is a British-Ghanaian barrister specialising in white collar crime. One for Sorrow, Two for Joy is her first novel.