'Finn has a light, deft touch as a writer, but the images she conjures up are so subversively creepy they haunt you for days' Spectator, Best Books of the Year'Arresting - Finn conjures up Africa perfectly' Margaret Forster'A brilliantly written account of a soul in torment and the way she is pursued by her own fate. Finn evokes the darkness and light of Africa with the same sureness that she calls forth the brightness and shadow of the human heart' Tim Lott'Haunting and atmospheric - I was completely hooked' Leila Aboulela'Melanie Finn's second novel lives up to the promise of her first. Shame pulls off the feat of being both chilling and redemptive. She explores vast themes - the solitude of bereavement, the eternal nature of maternal love, the irony of fate - with a light, deft touch.' Michela Wrong, author of It's Our Turn to Eat and BorderlinesREDEMPTION IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY - or so Pilgrim Jones hopes as she looks up at a departures board and takes the first flight. She is running away; from her failed marriage and from the carnage she has caused in a small Swiss village. Pilgrim alights on the edge of Africa. Over confessions and strong gin, she is lured into a world of mercenaries and philanthropists, delusional heroes and witchdoctors in polyester suits. Here, in a land where fireflies light the sky, anything - even redemption - seems possible. But can she come to terms with her past before the past catches up with her?
Melanie Finn was born and raised in Kenya. She has worked as a screenwriter and a journalist, and is the founder and co-director of the Natron Healthcare Project, with helps rural Masai communities. Her first novel, AWAY FROM YOU, was published to great critical acclaim in 2004, and was longlisted for the Orange and IMPAC Prizes. Her second novel, SHAME, has been shortlisted for the GUARDIAN'S NOT THE BOOKER Prize. www.melaniefinn.com@melanie finn