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Child Witch London (Volume 2) Paperback – March 1, 2014
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For the two weeks that I read this book my life was split between it and reality. Increasingly I wanted to stay in the book. Clear and descriptive, the writing conjures up a world that can only be created by a writer with extensive knowledge of that place. We taste a country and experience, lives and events that we suspect exist but don't want to believe really do. The two characters' stories in themselves captivating, finally meet in a dramatic confluence that moves on as a story with twice the force. Absolutely recommended. Who is Mike Ormsby and why isn't this a film ? --tim tyson short thethumbismightier
About the Author
Mike Ormsby was born in Ormskirk, England in 1959. His first novel, 'Child Witch Kinshasa' (2013), was a best seller in African Literature (Amazon UK) a few days after publication. His short story collection 'Never Mind the Balkans, Here's Romania' (2008) prompted Romanian critics to dub him 'our British Caragiale', after their beloved Victorian-era satirist. 'Spinner the Winner' (2012), his book for children, has been translated into French, Serbian, Spanish and Romanian. Mike's screenplay 'Hey, Mr DJ' (2007) was filmed in Kigali and topped the bill at Rwanda's inaugural Hillywood Film Festival. His script 'Enfants dits Sorciers' was filmed in Kinshasa (2002). Mike is a former BBC journalist/World Service trainer. He is based in Azerbaijan, working on his next book and blogging for Radio Free Europe. Home is a mountain village in Transylvania, where he and his wife Angela Nicoara have lived for 500 years.
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Yet despite the suburban, oh-so-English setting, this is most definitely a story of Africa. Through all the descriptions of family squabbles, first-world angst, and apparently insignificant personal tribulations, are never allowed to forget the call of Africa, summoning Dudu home, in the form of colourful characters such as honest-but-downtrodden Tata and the mysterious, enchanting Giselle, who ultimately provide the siren call to summon our hero home. And long after we have turned the final page, this reader at least was left to wonder, "Where are they now"? while simultaneously castigating the author for not having had the decency to offer up a third volume. Perhaps more than anything else, that is the real proof - if ever proof were needed - of Ormsby's storytelling genius.