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Looking for Evelyn - a new novel by Maggie Ritchie

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Looking for Evelyn

Chrissie Docherty returns to the southern Africa of her childhood and tracks down Evelyn Fielding, the woman at the centre of an explosive scandal involving a traditional colonial officer and a gifted black African artist. Together, the two women uncover the secrets that shattered a remote expatriate outpost in the Zambian bush.

Switching deftly between the 1990s and the 1970s, and set against a background of tense post-colonial race relations, political turmoil and witchcraft, Looking for Evelyn powerfully evokes the very special colours, sounds and smells of Africa.

Maggie Ritchie grew up in Zambia, Spain and Venezuela before settling in Glasgow, where she lives with her husband and son.

A journalist, Maggie’s debut novel, Paris Kiss (2015), won the Curtis Brown Prize, was runner up for the Sceptre Prize and was longlisted in the Mslexia First Novel Competition. The German edition is a bestseller. She graduated with distinction from Glasgow University's Creative Writing MLitt in 2010.

Maggie will read short extracts from Looking for Evelyn, and Jenny Brown, literary agent, will discuss the novel with Maggie.

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