Bestselling novelist Lesley Lokko has done an awful lot of moving around. Born to a Scottish artist and a Ghanaian surgeon, she spent the first eighteen years of her life trotting back and forth between Africa and the UK, pretty much every year. After a handful of (mostly unsuccessful) careers – kibbutz worker, cocktail waitress and terrible telemarketer, to name a few, she decided it was time to knuckle down and trained as an architect, gaining her PhD in 2007.
After almost a decade of teaching and tramping around on muddy sites, she chucked it in and became a novelist instead. Six best-selling novels later, she’s pretty much decided ‘this is it.’ She now lives between London, Accra and Johannesburg, although not quite simultaneously, and sometimes escapes altogether to write (in deepest winter) in the Pentland Hills outside Edinburgh. Her Scottish friends think this is quite mad. For more information and detail on her novels (and the house she built for herself in Accra), please visit www.lesleylokko.com.
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A captivating family drama about sisters and long-held secrets spanning from the 1930s to the present day, perfect for fans of Downton Abbey.
1936, Chalfont Hall, Dorset, and as the dressmaker puts the last pins in her dress, thirteen-year-old Kit is wondering why she has to go through the charade of seeing her sister Lily presented at Court. With her waves of auburn hair and her piercing green eyes, Kit knows that her sister's place on the social scene is guaranteed regardless of her dress, and as the door to a life of parties and eligible young men opens for Lily, Kit must make do with tiptoeing around the gallery of Chalfont, eavesdropping on the conversations of the grown-ups. But the arrival one evening of a distinctly German visitor soon sets in motion a chain of events that none of the family could have anticipated. Years later, the aftershock of events will be felt by a new generation ...
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