The Ghosts of Eden by Andrew J.H. Sharp has been awarded the AIA Seal of Excellence in Fiction.
Winner of the 2010 Waverton Good Read Award for the best first novel by a British author, and shortlisted for the 2011 International Rubery Book Award, The Ghosts of Eden is a compelling story of loss, infatuation and atonement.
‘I found I had accidentally ordered a masterpiece.’
Zachye, tending cattle in the grasslands of East Africa, and Michael, son of missionaries, are happy in their childhood idyll. But the world is changing, propelling them towards tragedy. Haunted by guilt and grief they grow up severed from their heritage. When they both fall in love with the same beautiful woman, they must each face their past and hear their ancestors, if they are to be the one to win her…
In lyrical prose Andrew JH Sharp immerses the reader in a world where ancient ways of life and belief are being overwhelmed by the new. Neither a bandit-soldier in the remnants of Idi Amin’s army nor a restless and detached surgeon can escape the memory of innocent boyhood. An intriguing cast of nomads, missionaries, expatriates and Indian traders share a landscape haunted by ancestral ghosts. The reader is drawn to a moving denouement where love and mortality are confronted.
‘This deeply moving book will leave you thoughtful for long after you have read it’ — Ann Widdecombe ‘Grips the reader. A stunningly haunting debut’ — The BookBag ‘I [found I] had accidentally ordered a masterpiece’ — Andrew Crofts ‘Reality and myths reinforce each other and you are left feeling the vulnerability of humanity’ — Yasmin Alibhai-Brown