Today is the 40th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising – 16 June 1976. That infamous point in history, when black school children demonstrated for the right to be taught in English, forms an integral part of my literary thriller The Peace Garden, about a young English girl who befriends a South African political exile. If you would like a ‘novel’ take on how that day 40 years ago impacted one family for three generations, this is the story for you. Click here to get the book The Peace Garden

Hector Pieterson being carried by Mbuyisa Makhubo. His sister, Antoinette Sithole, runs beside them.

Signed novels for Mothers’ Day

Mothers’ Day in the UK is early this year. Sunday 6 March. How about giving your mum or mum-in-law a signed copy of one of my novels. ‘The Peace Garden’ is a romantic thriller set alternately in England and Apartheid South Africa. ‘The Jazz Files’ is a mystery set in 1920s London against the background of the Suffragettes. The Peace Garden is a slightly ‘edgier’ read. The Jazz Files slightly lighter. If you would like more information on what the books are about, click on the images on the right hand side of this page under ‘Fiona’s books’. I can sign to your mother of choice and post off to you. £10 inclusive of P&P. Message me if you’re interested.

 


The Peace Garden

In all of the buzz around the autumn release of The Jazz Files I almost missed this lovely review of my ‘first child’ The Peace Garden. It’s a romantic thriller cum coming-of-age novel set against the backdrop of Apartheid. Although it came out in 2011 people are still buying and reading it. It’s a special book to me as – although it’s not autobiographical – it contains so much of my feelings about living in South Africa, and England. Thank you Belinda for a thoughtful review. The reviewer, Belinda Chaplin, is a South African living in Bosnia so knows a bit about being a ‘stranger in a foreign land’. Read The Peace Garden review here.

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