Leopard at the Door

Author(s): Jennifer McVeigh


An Indie Next PickAfter six years in England, Rachel returns to Kenya to find her beloved childhood home much changed. Her father's new companion has taken over the household. The country's political climate grows more unsettled by the day. As Rachel struggles to find her place, she initiates a covert relationship -- one that will require a gross act of betrayal.


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The beating heart of Africa springs into dazzling heat-drenched life. I could taste the sun soaked sweetness of bananas, see the shimmering plains and smell the rippling grasslands. I could feel the ever present sense of threat and menace. And within this landscape populated by elephants, baboons and antelope a powerful human story plays out. A simply stunning novel that will stay with me: a magnificent book. -- Dinah Jefferies Leopard at the Door expertly transports its reader to a richly-depicted world that is fraught both politically and personally. Danger constantly hums around Rachel Fullsmith as she navigates the complex, conflicting desires of men and women, native Kenyans and white colonists. It kept me turning pages well into the night! -- Suzanne Rindell, author of The Other Typist [A] captivating and thought-provoking story... McVeigh's beautiful prose and harrowing plot will quickly absorb readers, particularly those interested in 1950s Africa, by sensitively approaching themes of race, cultural evolution, and the humanness that unites us all. Publishers Weekly McVeigh does a good job of charting Rachel's growth amidst political and personal turmoil, set against a backdrop of Kenya's wild beauty. Booklist Readers who want a story that keeps them on edge will enjoy this historical novel rich with emotional and sociopolitical drama Kirkus Reviews There is nothing more exciting than a new writer with a genuine voice. I loved it -- Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, on 'The Fever Tree' A bewitching tale of loss, betrayal and love -- Vogue on 'The Fever Tree' Vividly written - a gripping story -- Kim Edwards on 'The Fever Tree' A compelling read with a Gone with the Wind feel to it - I was hooked -- Katharine McMahon on 'The Fever Tree' Engrossing, emotionally poised and elegantly written - I absolutely loved it -- Vanora Bennett on 'The Fever Tree' Jennifer McVeigh has created a fully realized sensory tour of 19th-century South Africa... Though the book is a page-turner of the 'who will she choose?' variety right until the end, the most fascinating strand of the story is Frances, and her struggles to come to terms with her new ideas about society, marriage, family and love -- Oprah.com on 'The Fever Tree' The Fever Tree is a skilled unfolding of a woman's struggle with desire, class divide and disease in 19th Century South Africa... the journey, like the landscape, is thrillingly huge: one of love, self-knowledge, human and political self-respect. Frances treads out every step - a naive and intriguing character who brings alive a momentous - and appalling - part of history -- Financial Times on 'The Fever Tree'

Jennifer McVeigh graduated from Oxford University in 2002. She went on to work in film, radio and publishing before giving up her day job to study for an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. She has travelled in wilderness areas of East Africa and southern Africa, driving and camping along the way. Her first novel, The Fever Tree (Penguin, 2012), was a Richard and Judy Book Club Pick and received widespread critical acclaim.

General Fields

  • : 9780241247617
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : Viking
  • : 0.238
  • : August 2017
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : April 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jennifer McVeigh
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 823.92
  • : 386