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No, not the Inspector! Montalbano Elicona: Secret gardens, ancient streets, old doors and the megalithic stones of Argimusco near Montalbano, now ranked among Italy’s most beautiful Borgos. Montalbano has a role in my next book which is set in Sicily, a family saga which takes place on the streets of another Sicilian Borgo – the … Continue reading

Centenary of the Armenian Genocide

Centenary of the Armenian Genocide

In honour of the centenary of the Armenian genocide, the Guardian has published true stories of some genocide descendants. You can read more in Water Will Find its Way, inspired by the true story of an Armenian genocide survivor.

World Cup divides Brazil

World Cup divides Brazil

Some kids from FAVELA Chapéu Mangueira once stole my friend’s camera on nearby COPACABANA beach. Now the favela is one of the 50 out of 1000 favelas to have been “pacified” in time for the World Cup by Special Unit Police … For “pacified”, read: brutal deaths, eviction and abuse of power… The World Cup … Continue reading

Maya Angelou – an inspiration

“She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace…” Her son, Guy B. Jonson Her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings brought her international recognition and infused the genre with new energy. It was an indictment of the racial discrimination she … Continue reading

A thousand years of solitude

“A thousand years of solitude and sadness after the death of the greatest Colombian of all time” – Juan Manuel Santos, president of Colombia. Called “Castro’s courtesan” by Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, and “one of the greatest writers of our time” by Enrique Pena Nieto, president of Mexico – the writer’s adopted home – … Continue reading

Strong female characters

One of the most frequent reactions to my first novel, Water Will Find its Way, is that it is an inherently feminist story. Although I explore the mother-daughter bond in extreme situations where the female protagonists show extraordinary courage and determination to survive despite the odds, I didn’t set out to write a feminist novel. … Continue reading

review of Water Will Find its Way

Check out this review by Booklover Book Reviews of Water Will Find its Way. I guess if it ever gets mainstream published I’ll have to change the cover 😉

She wanted storms

“You will hear thunder and remember me,and think: she wanted storms…” ― Anna Akhmatova What an amazing woman. Poet Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966), having lived through war, revolution and Stalinist terror, had storms aplenty. Condemned by Russian totalitarianism, desired by fellow writers and admired by other great Russian figures of the time, from Pasternak to Mandelstam, Marina Tsvetaeva … Continue reading