THIS WEEK: Fiona Mitchell explores life as a female domestic day worker in Singapore – and we suggest other heartfelt novels with global appeal
The Maid’s Room Fiona Mitchell (£ 16.99, HODDER & STOUGHTON, OUT 16 NOVEMBER)
DRAWING COMPARISONS between The Help and The Invention Of Wings, Fiona Mitchell’s debut lifts the lid on life as a female domestic day worker in Singapore. It’s a topical issue: there are now 53 million female domestic workers around the globe – a quarter with no rights at all. Following two Filipina maids – sisters Dolly and Tala – it’s based on Fiona’s own experience of life in Singapore and extensive research as an award-winning writer and journalist. The eye-opening journey of the sisters, who meet British ex-pat Jules (a former midwife), is touching throughout and, at times, hard to read.