Troubador The Ghosts of Eden

Released: 28/09/2014

eISBN: 9781783069668

Format: eBook

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The Ghosts of Eden


Winner of the 2010 Waverton Good Read Award and shortlisted for the 2011 Rubery International Book Award, The Ghosts of Eden is the story of two men, one black, one white, who fall in love with the same woman. Which man will walk beside her on the shores of the Indian Ocean? Zachye, tending cattle in the grasslands of Kaaro Karungi, and Michael, the child of missionaries, are happy in their childhood idyll. But 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 in love with the same beautiful woman, they must each face their past and hear their ancestors, if they are to be the one to win her. In lyrical prose the author unfolds a compelling story of loss, infatuation, atonement and the inheritance of love. In a world where ancient ways of life and belief are being overwhelmed by the new, neither a bandit-soldier in the remnants of Idi Amin's army, nor a restless and detached doctor, can escape the memory of innocent boyhood. Nomads, missionaries, expatriates, game wardens, Indian traders share a landscape haunted by ancestral ghosts. The reader is drawn on to a moving denouement where love and mortality are confronted.

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I [found I] had accidentally ordered a masterpiece … It is a beautifully written, life-affirming, thought provoking story and if only it had fallen on Richard and Judy’s doorstep instead of mine the author would by now have a best-seller on his hands.

by Andrew Crofts

This deeply moving book will leave you thoughtful long after you have read it.

by Ann Widdecombe

Grips the reader subtly… A stunningly haunting debut.

by Lesley Mason (The Book Bag)

I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to read about African culture, without battling with symbolism or the endless horrors of war. It is a beautifully written story, and I think it has just become my favourite book with an African setting … and one of my top ten books of the year.

by Jackie Bailey (Farm Lane Book Blog)

Quotes from readers in the People’s Book Prize 2010 (second most votes in fiction):
Captivating book and difficult to put down.
One you can read again and again.
Evocative writing, an absorbing novel which touches the emotions.
Human and family drama lived out in Africa. The hold of family and Africa itself tells a powerful human story.

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Andrew JH Sharp

Andrew JH Sharp is a writer and medical doctor. His first novel won the 2010 Waverton Good Read Award and was shortlisted for 2011 International Rubery Book Award.

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