"Ginny Baily's first novel is a thrilling ride. It takes in large issues of armed conflict and epidemics, and small ones of private, tender emotion. It is always exactly conceived and precise, and it grips the reader throughout. Original, memorable and warm, this will be one of the most striking debuts of 2011" (Philip Hensher)
takes the many threads that bind or separate its characters and weaves them into a compelling story. Ginny Baily opens a door onto the harsh, dazzling landscapes of Senegal and Mali, the anguish of children sold into slavery by their parents, the determination of a boy to find his sister, and the mystery of friendship between two girls whose lives soon tear them apart. Africa Junction
beautifully expresses the search for survival, love and meaning that drives each one of Baily's characters" (Helen Dunmore)
"Ginny Baily writes with perception and insight, telling the stories of her many characters with great skill and eventually weaving them together into a satisfying whole. She clearly knows Africa and the people who live there, as her affection and understanding shine out. It's a compelling read, carrying you along effortlessly, each section creating its own momentum long before the connections become clear" (Clare Morrall)
"A great story; touching, elegantly written, very human, very sincere." (Joan Harris)
"A novel of grave emotional weight and colour. Whether she describes terrible or magical events, to read Ginny Baily is to pick up riches in every paragraph... It's a rare achievementA novel of grave emotional weight and colour. Whether she describes terrible or magical events, to read Ginny Baily is to pick up riches in every paragraph... It's a rare achievement" (Sam North)
A brilliantly constructed first novel following a young woman's quest for redemption set against the kaleidoscopic backdrop of modern Africa.