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  • Published: 1 February 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099548720
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $19.99


Based on the Novel Push

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The harrowing but uplifting story of an abused teenager in Harlem, adapted into a film tipped for Oscar success in 2010

This is the story of Precious Jones, a sixteen year old illiterate black girl who has never been out of Harlem. She is pregnant by her own father for the second time, and kicked out of school when that pregnancy becomes obvious. Placed in an alternative teaching programme, she is urged to write down her thoughts in a book. This is Precious's diary, in which she honestly records her relationships and her life. Told with tremendous power, vitality and wit; this is an uncompromising and hugely enjoyable novel.

  • Pub date: 1 February 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099548720
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author


Sapphire has taught reading and writing to teenagers and adults in New York City since 1987. A poet and performance artist, she is the author of American Dreams, a collection of poetry. Push is her first novel. She lives in New York City.

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Praise for Precious

“Sapphire's vibrant, unindulgent first novel has you cheering the awesome Precious on until the last page: her voice is true and the book is cool”

Mail on Sunday

“Part wishful prayer, part manifesto, mingling poetry and humour...her novel, while heavily weighted with adversity, is buoyant, cresting wave after voluble wave of splendid, turbulent, bracing language...its voice demands attention, perseverance and concentration, then its music takes you over, its story grips, its current and undercurrents mesmerise, depress and then uplift... A voice to remember.”

Scotland on Sunday

“Unforgettable...a mesmerising and uplifting read... Has all the power and vehemence of rap...brutal in its defence of the vulnerable”


“Harrowing yet hilarious...packs a powerful punch...The powerful writing makes the book a cracking read... a tour de force”


“Sapphire is unflinching in her exploration of ignorance and deprivation yet Precious's painful progress is leavened by moments of searing innocence and instinctual tenderness.”

Letti Ransley, Observer Review

“An inspired and inspiring debut, a The Color Purple for the nineties”


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