Maggie Ritchie graduated with Distinction from the University of Glasgow’s Creative Writing MLitt programme in 2012 and was awarded the Curtis Brown Prize. Her first novel Paris Kiss was long-listed for the 2013 Mslexia Novel Competition and was runner-up for the 2012 Sceptre Prize.
A freelance journalist, Maggie writes for the national and Scottish press, including the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, the Guardian, the Times, the Sunday Times, the Herald, the Daily Record and the Sunday Mail. Maggie lives in Glasgow with her husband and their son, and is currently working on a second novel.
Maggie’s website: http://maggieritchie.com/
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Shortlisted for Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize
Chrissie Docherty returns to the southern Africa of her childhood and tracks down Evelyn Fielding, the woman at the centre of an explosive scandal involving a traditional colonial officer and a gifted black African artist. Together, the two women uncover the secrets that shattered a remote expatriate outpost in the Zambian bush.
Switching deftly between the 1990s and the 1970s, and set against a background of tense post-colonial race relations, political turmoil and witchcraft, Looking for Evelyn, powerfully evokes the very special colours, sounds and smells of Africa.
Praise for Looking for Evelyn
‘If you’re looking for a holiday book to transport you to Southern Africa, this is it.’ Scottish Daily Mail
‘A moving, rich read that skilfully combines the threads of the story, and brings Africa to life.’ Sunday Mirror
‘This year’s perfect summer read, with a deliciously provocative mix of exotic locations, sexual scandal and the end of colonialism. …’ The National
‘A scintillating jewel of a novel: Ritchie’s dreamlike Zambian landscape explodes with the nightmarish secrets of the past. I was seduced by the sultry, dreamlike colours of Africa; hooked by the insistent drumbeat of menace that pulses through the novel.’ – Sandra Ireland, author of Beneath the Skin
Saraband, February 2015
Bohemian Paris in the 1880s. Exotic, strange and exciting, especially to young English sculptor Jessie Lipscomb, who joins her friend Camille to become a protégée of the great Auguste Rodin. Jessie and Camille enjoy a passionate friendship and explore the demi-monde of the vibrant city, meeting artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec and the boldly unconventional Rosa Bonheur. But when Rodin and Camille embark on a scandalous affair, Jessie is cast as their unwilling go-between and their friendship unravels. Years later she tracks her down to an insane asylum where Camille tells her an explosive secret. Can their friendship survive the betrayal?
Praise for Paris Kiss
Flows from the page like a piece of art
A touching tale of friendship, love and betrayal set against a colourful backdrop of the Paris art world
Jessie’s adventures as a woman artist in 1880s Paris completely captivated me. A wonderful story
A beautifully written evocation of the Parisian art scene of the late 1800s… It is a mesmerising canvas of love, friendship and betrayal