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Community Read

Join in our Rotherfield inter-generational community read!

What is a community read? - It’s a wonderful way to bring people together in the community through a shared reading experience.

What are we reading?

Tender Earth - By Sita Brahmachari

About the book

This story follows twelve year-old Laila, the youngest of the Levenson family, as she adjusts to her two older siblings, Mira and Krish, leaving home just as she is starting secondary school. At the same time she seems to be growing apart from her long-time best friend, Kez, who is branching out without her at their new school. Laila must find her own place at school and at home, make new friends and use her voice as she steps out into the world and discovers what she truly believes in.

About the Author

Sita Brahmachari is the daughter of an Indian doctor from Kolkata and an English nurse from the Lake District. After studying for a degree in English Literature and an MA in Arts Education she worked in community theatre with refugee communities, and in schools, exploring creative-writing projects and plays with young people. Now she writes novels for many of the people who have inspired her along the way. Sita lives and works in London with her husband, three children and the much-loved family dog, Billi. 

How to take part

Get your copy of Tender Earth. Copies are available at the Courtyard Café or by emailing rotherfieldatheart@escv.org.uk (below is a guide on how to get the best out of the community read).
  • Snuggle up and read the book!
  • Return the book to the Courtyard Café for the next person to read.
  • Look out for more comments and activities on Facebook (search for Rotherfield at Heart) and Twitter @RotherfieldAH
  • Come to our celebration event – Thursday 27th September. Venue to be confirmed. 

Find out more about Tender Earth by Sita Brahmachari at



Tender Earth Discussion Notes Look Beyond your world - powerful stories for inspiring minds

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