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One for Sorrow, Two for Joy

Marie-Claire Amuah

‘I loved this book so much! Intense and beautiful and heartbreaking.’ Buki Papillon, author of An Ordinary Wonder 

It’s hard to plan your future when the ghosts of the past won’t leave you alone…

Stella tries very hard to be good. She tries not to be sassy, to answer back, to be noticed. Because when Stella’s father is angry, it’s like lightning and thunder and hailstones. All she can do is touch wood… or search for magpies. Two for joy.

But as Stella begins to build a new life, her past still haunts her. It will take all her grace, courage and love to heal her wounds and break free.

Set against a backdrop of London and Ghana, Marie-Claire Amuah has produced an unforgettable exploration of intergenerational trauma. Brimming with compassion, One for Sorrow, Two for Joy offers both a sensitive  portrayal of the ripple effects of domestic violence, and a defiant story of friendship, resilience and hope.


  • Publication date: August 18, 2022
  • ISBN: 9780861542321
  • RRP: £16.99
  • Pages: 320
  • Publication date: August 18, 2022
  • ISBN: 9780861542338
  • RRP: £8.99
  • Pages: 304


'While One for Sorrow Two for Joy begins as a gut wrenching portrait of injustice and abuse, it is a triumphant ode to resilience, friendship and love. Marie-Claire’s spare writing sparkles, reminiscent of Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus. You will both cry and laugh. A brave, unforgettable debut.'

Bisi Adjapon, author of The Teller of Secrets

'One for Sorrow, Two for Joy is a vivid, deeply felt exploration of intergenerational trauma, the complexities of family and the redemptive power of friendship. Stella is an utterly unique heroine who you'll find yourself rooting for from page one.'

Angela Chadwick, author of XX

'Wow! One for Sorrow, Two for Joy is an evocative and gorgeously narrated story that broke my heart and stitched it back together again even stronger by the end. I laughed and cried and hurt and healed in the course of reading Stella's deeply-felt story. I loved this book so much. Intense and beautiful and heartbreaking!' 

Buki Papillon, author of An Ordinary Wonder

Marie-Claire Amuah

Marie-Claire Amuah is a British Ghanaian barrister specialising in white-collar crime. She studied English and French at the University of Nottingham before embarking on a legal career. She is also a trustee of Black Cultural Archives, a national heritage charity dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain. She received the John C Laurence award from the Society of Authors to support the writing of her debut novel, One for Sorrow, Two for Joy (Oneworld 2022). She was born, raised and currently lives in South London.

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