Leopard at the Door
Leopard at the Door

Published in 2017

Set in Kenya in the 1950s, against the fading backdrop of the British Empire – an epic tale of violence, betrayal and forbidden love.


Leopard at the Door

'A simply stunning novel that will stay with me. Magnificent.'

Dinah Jefferies, no. 1 bestselling author of The Tea Planter's Wife

'This is a book that will steal your heart. A wonderful, stunning, heart-wrenching tale of love, danger and self-discovery.  A powerful, painful and brilliant book.'

Kate Furnivall, author of The Russian Concubine

June 12, 2017

I have been on many journeys in Africa – or ‘safaris’ as they say in Swahili – and all of them fostered a deep love of wilderness, but there was one safari which I came back to time and again when I was writin...

June 12, 2017

A Journey in the Footsteps of a Character

Leopard at the Door begins with a journey. Rachel – the young girl in the novel – is returning to the family farm in Kenya in 1952, after five years in England. Two yea...

June 12, 2017

“In the biggest, brownest, muddiest river in Africa…” The Enormous Crocodile waded into my four year old life with a terrifying snap of his jaws and a reckless disdain for morality as I knew it. He wasn’t just...

November 15, 2016

  1. Over the course of the novel, Rachel—though always one of the more progressive characters—develops a more nuanced, less naive view of the impact of imperialism and racism in Kenya.  How does this happen?...

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May 01, 2017

Kathryn Hughes Praises Leopard at the Door: “Right from the deliciously descriptive prologue, I knew I was in for a treat with this book. Jennifer McVeigh manages to transport the reader right to the heart of Africa with her vivid atmospheric prose.”

June 09, 2017

Kate Furnivall Praises Leopard at the Door: "This is a book that will steal your heart. It is a wonderful, stunning, heart-wrenching tale of love, danger and self-discovery. Jennifer McVeigh's descriptions of life in Kenya are electric in intensity and open up the world of Africa in vivid detail in a way that totally beguiled me. I couldn't put it down. It took me places I have never been before. A powerful, painful and brilliant book."

February 15, 2017

Publishers Weekly praises Leopard at the Door: "Captivating and thought-provoking. McVeigh’s beautiful prose and harrowing plot will quickly absorb readers by sensitively approaching themes of race, cultural evolution, and the humanness that unites us all."

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