Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 5 March 2009.
This is a very enoyable mix of comedy and danger. Through a series of errors, an accident-prone writer attending a writers' conference in Uganda finds herself caught up in a war-zone. Maggie Gee handles the elements of farce and more serious issues with an expert touch.
Vanessa Henman, a plucky but accident-prone white writer, flies out from London to Uganda for an African writers' conference. She also means to visit her former cleaner, Ugandan Mary Tendo, now the successful Executive Housekeeper of Kampala's up-market Sheraton Hotel. But Mary has her own agenda: her son Jamil is missing, and she has secretly summoned Vanessa's beloved ex-husband Trevor, a plumber, to her home village to build a new well.
Vanessa sets off alone on safari to distant Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to see the mountain gorillas. But farce teeters on the edge of something much darker when Vanessa quarrels with her driver and a bloody war closes in on Bwindi from Congo. Can anyone save her? Will Mary Tendo find her son? This swift, sparkling and sharp-edged book juxtaposes dazzling comedy and danger in Maggie Gee's most original work yet.
Publication date: 19/03/2009
Publisher: Telegram Books
|Publication date:||19th March 2009|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
Maggie Gee was chosen as one of Granta's original 'Best Young Novelists'. She has published many novels to great acclaim, including The White Family, which was shortlisted for the 2002 Orange Prize for Fiction and for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2004; and The Flood, which was longlisted for the 2004 Orange Prize. She is the first female chair of the Royal Society of Literature, and lives in London.More About Maggie Gee