Migration, exile, and belonging
Marion Molteno talks about the inspiration behind her prize-winning novels: her encounters with people who have migrated or been displaced, and her international work with Save the Children.
If you can walk, you can dance
[winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize]
Beautifully written, entertaining and moving, the story of a young woman’s life on the run across frontiers, cultures and life-styles – from apartheid South Africa, 1970s alternative London, Swaziland and Zambia – to find a new meaning in music.
‘An exhilarating book that celebrates the power of music as universal language, healer, political tool – the thread that links humankind across cultures and continents.’
Diana Burrell, composer, former director of the Harwich Festival
‘Epic breadth and intimate detail combines to build to a poignant crescendo.’
The Sunday Times
[short-listed for 2 international prizes]
High in the mountains of Tajikistan people have been fleeing from a devastating civil war. When rebels abduct inspirational UN peace negotiator, Rahul Khan, the lives of his closest friends begin to unravel.
‘A terrifically absorbing, topical and quietly affecting novel of interlocking worlds and relationships.’
‘A moving and necessary book – with characters who will remain with me for a very long time.’
Alastair Niven – Judge of the 2014 Man Booker Prize
‘A tender love story, set among the ruins of war and hopelessness. Molteno spins her new work of fiction around an actual hostage-taking, and weaves a fictional story of courage and survival, and much more.’ Financial Express, Calcutta
Marion’s Blog – http://www.marionmolteno.co.uk/my-blog/