The Maid’s Room by Fiona Mitchell is a stunning debut, rich in detail, drawn from the shadows of modern-day slavery in Singapore. Filipina sisters, Dolly and Tala take us into their lives as domestic helpers and into their hearts. We feel what it’s like to live in an airless cupboard or bomb shelter where they are expected to sleep. They care for their employer’s children, loving them as if they were their own, yet gain no respect for it. They sacrifice seeing their own children grow upyears go by until they see them again.

One rebellious maid, calling herself Maidhacker, decides it’s time to fight back. She writes a blog about the reality of life as a maid, her backlash against Vanda, one of the employers blogging about maids’ mistakes, naming and shaming them, posting photos so they lose their jobs and are deported. But who is this Vanda? Can Maidhacker find out before her own identity is discovered? Her defiance, intelligence and courage made my heart swell! The perfect read for the coming winter nights.

Published 16 November 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton.