Jessamy “Jess” Harrison, age eight, is the child of an English father and a Nigerian mother. Possessed of an extraordinary imagination, she has a hard time fitting in at school. It is only when she visits Nigeria for the first time that she makes a friend who understands her: a ragged little girl named TillyTilly. But soon TillyTilly’s visits become more disturbing, until Jess realizes she doesn’t actually know who her friend is at all.
The author wrote this novel when she was 19 years old and studying for her 'A' Levels. I suddenly feel very inadequate. When I was studying for my 'A' Levels, I was usually in the pub.