With great delight I’m featuring fellow Crooked Cat author Jeff Gardiner to the Monday Blogspot to talk about his very exciting latest release – Igboland. A romance adventure and a fascinating insight into a way of life that certainly I’m not familiar with, it’s on my TBR list already and all buying links are below. Grab a coffee, settle yourself down and have a read. Take it away Jeff…
Igboland is a novel of passion and conflict set in Nigeria in the late 1960s against the backdrop of the Biafran War. This romantic adventure is written from the point of view of Lydia, a young missionary’s wife who is struggling to come to terms with life in the West African bush. She learns a great deal about Igbo culture and beliefs from local doctor, Kwemto, and from war victim, Grace.
A new life begins for her thousands of miles from home.
Lydia and Clem Davie arrive in an Igbo village in Nigeria in July 1967 just as civil war breaks out, but Lydia has trouble adjusting to life in West Africa: a place so unfamiliar and far away from everything she truly understands.
Initially, most of the locals are welcoming and friendly, until one or two begin a frightening campaign of anti-white protests.
Lydia’s life is changed irrevocably after she meets enigmatic Igbo doctor, Kwemto, and war victim, Grace. Through them Lydia learns about independence, passion and personal identity.
Conflict and romance create emotional highs and lows for Lydia, whose marriage and personal beliefs slowly begin to crumble.
Will this house in a Nigerian bush village ever seem like home?
When Lydia and Clem finally arrive in Ngkaluku, they find the landscape bleak, sometimes impassable, and the village half destroyed in a bomb raid. The Biafran War, between the Igbos in the south east, and the northern caliphates, has just begun. Military coups and ethnic cleansing ensue.
The villagers who survived the early bombings are very welcoming, readily accepting the English couple into their midst. Some of them have never seen a white person before.
With the help of Kwemto, who brings supplies and medical knowledge, Lydia opens a small dispensary to help with simple medical complaints.
Most of the people in Igboland are Igbos (pronounced ‘eeboes’), but there are also people from Idoma, Hausa and, like the women above, from the Fulani tribes.
Here is a local school, keeping the children sheltered from the burning sun. Desks, chairs and a blackboard are the extent of their resources. Education is highly valued in Nigeria, and many local people are keen to train as Teachers; a career with a great deal of status.
To find out more, or to purchase IGBOLAND, please visit the sites below.
Jeff’s website: http://jeffgardiner.com/
Jeff’s Blog: http://jeffgardiner.wordpress.com/
Jeff Gardiner was born in Jos, Nigeria, but is now located in the UK. He is author of contemporary novel, MYOPIA, which explores the effects of bullying. His book of short fiction, A GLIMPSE OF THE NUMINOUS, contains romance, slipstream, horror and humour. Many of his short stories have appeared in anthologies and magazines. He is also an editor and teacher in his spare (!) time.