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Top 40 Book Club : 2011
12 13 This novel follows two women: London novelist Vanessa Henman and Ugandan housekeeper, Mary Tendo, who appeared in Maggie Gee’s previous novel, The Cleaner. Vanessa is visiting Kampala for a writers’ conference and decides to make a surprise visit to Mary. However, Mary has taken Vanessa’s ex-husband Trevor to her home village to help build a well. Instead, Vanessa decides to take a trip into Bwindi Forest to see mountain gorillas. During her journey, she insults her driver so much he abandons her, leaving it up to Mary and Trevor to rescue her. The African locations are beautifully described and local politics are seamlessly woven into the story. Filled with gentle, satirical humour, this short novel is a wonderful tale of cultural errors. ‘ .. .the African locations are beautifully described and local politics are seamlessly woven into the story ... my drivEr // Maggie Gee // Book cluB reads Top