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Published by Weidenfeld
and Nicholson, 12 March 2015. ISBN: 978-0-297-60844 8
Pilgrim Jones has fled from a situation too painful
to bear: memories of the husband she loved and who left her, and had a child
with another woman. And even worse than that, her car has crashed into a bus
shelter and had killed three children. Even though the police investigation
under the sympathetic Inspector Paul Strebel exonerates her of all blame, the
locals in the little Swiss town where she and her husband had been living hold
her responsible: kindermorderin
(child murderess) they mutter after her in the street. And she suspects that
someone is getting into her flat although the police do not take this
seriously. So she takes flight, and finds herself in Tanzania in a place called
Magalu, a dead end town, where she chooses to stay, partly because she has made
friends with Dorothea who practises as a doctor, the sole one in the locality
where the only other alternatives are witchdoctors, although she is untrained
and there are virtually no resources. And where else can Pilgrim go? But even
here she feels unsafe – a box arrives in Magalu with gruesome human remains.
Witchcraft, clearly. Aimed at Pilgrim? She fears so. And many in the town
believe she is a witch. She leaves again, this time for a decayed seaside town
called Tanga. There she encounters the American ex-pat Gloria who is setting up
a home for children orphaned by Aids and the British ex-pat alcoholic Harry.
Meanwhile back in
Switzerland, Strebel has discovered that Koppler, the father of one of the dead
children, who has disappeared, may have discovered Pilgrim’s whereabouts and
have followed her. Concerned for her safety and drawn by his feelings for
Pilgrim he goes to Tanzania, finds first the hotel where she had been staying
and then the house she has rented. But Koppler is just ahead of Strebel.
This is a
remarkable and thought-provoking book. Although there is a thriller element, it
is more about themes such as guilt and responsibility. And the picture it
represents of Africa, a land where belief in ghosts and spirits is so
widespread that perhaps they become reality, is strange and compelling. Highly
was born in Kenya, where she spent the first twelve years of her life. She was
educated in the United States and has lived and worked on four continents. She
has worked as a screen writer and journalist, and is the founder and director
of the Natron Health Projecy, which brings health care to Maasi communities of
Tanzania. Her first book Away from You was Published in 2004.
Radmila Maywas born in the US but has lived in the UK ever since apart from
seven years in The Hague. She read law at university but did not go into
practice. Instead she worked for many years for a firm of law publishers and
has been working for them off and on ever since. For the last few years she has
been one of three editors working on a new edition of a practitioners' text
book on Criminal Evidence by her late husband, publication of which has been
held up for a variety of reasons but hopefully will be published by the end of
2015. She also has an interest in archaeology in which subject she has a