This is a superb epic about love, medicine and cultural identities with a huge African and European cast which concludes on the shores of the Indian ocean. Michael Lacey, the child of missionaries, and Zachye Katura, tending cattle for his father in the grasslands of Kaaro Karungi, are happy in their childhood idyll. However, the world around them is changing, propelling them towards tragedy. Haunted by grief and guilt, they grow up severed from their families and ancestral heritage. When they both fall for the same enigmatic woman they must face their past and hear their ancestors if they are to make their way in the modern world. This is a cross-cultural, cross-racial love story with a spectacular East African setting and contemporary worldwide themes of the effects of rapid cultural change.
Writer and medical doctor living in the UK. Has also worked in East Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
The Ghosts of Eden won the 2010 Waverton Good Read Award 2010 and was listed by Ann Widdecombe as one of her top five books on childhood innocence. It was shortlisted for the 2011 International Rubery Book Award.
Fortunate, released in July 2013, is set in Zimbabwe.