The Lucky Bean Tree

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Weight 0.251 kg
Dimensions 23.4 x 15.3 x 1.6 cm
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ISBN9780620772624 Barcode9780620772624
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This is a tongue-in-cheek, often hilarious account of the dysfunctional lives of a group of expatriates in fictional Zimbabwe. Stella, the central character, wonders if she is the Scarlett O’Hara of Africa, as she juggles with her various roles as hostess, fashion designer, lover, secret agent and spy.

This is a tongue-in-cheek, often hilarious account of the dysfunctional lives of a group of expatriates in fictional Zimbabwe. Stella, the central character, wonders if she is the Scarlett O’Hara of Africa, as she juggles with her various roles as hostess, fashion designer, lover, secret agent and spy. Stella, dumped two years ago by her husband, now lives off her father and her bickering gin-swilling racist, oversexed in-laws. Galloping inflation means extra work at the bridge club,

last bastion of the ‘Ancient Britons’, where she falls in love with Dan and life for several months is bliss. Everything starts to go wrong when Dan disappears and her ex-husband, having served a sentence in jail for illicit diamond smuggling, stoned on marijuana, demands to be taken back. She is persuaded to help escaping mercenaries because, as a child she toured the country with her do-gooding mother and knows of back roads to evade the police.

Unfortunately she is witness to the massacre of illicit diamond diggers, and Stella has to get away for a while. Just as she and her father prepare to fly to Britain, on a trip financed by his tennis protégé, Dan reappears. She clings to her lover but her father insists that they leave. There are thrills when the lad wins the Wimbledon Singles but tragedy when her father catches pneumonia and dies – his first trip to his homeland in fifty years. At his funeral Dan is at Stella’s side, as are several of Moses’ sons, who sing Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika in memory of their mentor. Dan offers Stella hope for a brighter future but Nic is pleading for her to return and she feels the pull of Africa. What shall she do? Like Scarlett she says, “I can think about that tomorrow.”

Sheila Pike

I started this book many years ago, reliving what I had personally experienced and including stories my family had told, but my efforts came to nothing and the book was put aside. However last year I attended a workshop, led by a writer who had just published her first novel. She urged me to give the story another go,

offering to monitor it every few chapters. Now on a better footing I reworked the book. However, although the story was originally set in Rhodesian/Zimbabwe, it encompassed too long a period so I changed the background to a mythical African country and I condensed the time frame.

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Weight 0.251 kg
Dimensions 23.4 x 15.3 x 1.6 cm
Format

Pages

Size

PublisherDA Hilton-Barbr T/A Footprint Press Publication Date09/11/2017

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