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Author(s): Melanie Flinn

Location(s): Africa, Switzerland

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern



Shortlisted for 2015 Not the Booker Prize

REDEMPTION IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY – or so Pilgrim Jones hopes as she looks up at a departures board and takes the first flight.


She is running away; from her failed marriage and from the carnage she has caused in a small Swiss village.


Pilgrim alights on the edge of Africa. Over confessions and strong gin, she is lured into a world of mercenaries and philanthropists, delusional heroes and witchdoctors in polyester suits. Here, in a land where fireflies light the sky, anything – even redemption – seems possible.


But can she come to terms with her past before the past catches up with her?

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From Switzerland to Tanzania and on into Africa. A fabulous study in character, atmosphere and story telling

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