Letters to Ailan by Wendy Fitzwilliam


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On May 12th, 1998, two months before her final exams at law school, Wendy Fitzwilliam became the second Trinidadian (and second woman of colour) to capture the Miss Universe title.

When, eight years later, Wendy announced that she was pregnant, the news was dramatic and controversial.

Letters to Ailan is the narrative of a tumultuous time in Wendy’s life. It chronicles the impact made on her friends, family and adoring public by her choice to become and remain a single mother. It deals with the turbulent relationship she shares with her son’s father. Wendy asks tough questions of herself about family, love, friendship, religion and social norms which challenge the reader to reflect on these matters. It is the story of her singular determination to be the best mother possible to her child.

Penned as an extended love letter from mother to son, Letters to Ailan is a frank, honest, compelling story, written by a strong, uncompromising woman never far from the glare of the public spotlight.

The Book Cover was Photographed by Calvin French


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