June 12, 2017

How Kenya Colony’s used its Insane Asylum as a Form of Social Control

If you have ever taken the British Airways flight from London to Nairobi you will know that it lands at nine o’ clock in the evening, too la...

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...

January 4, 2017

Whilst working in the British Library I discovered the diaries of a young doctor who fought to expose a smallpox epidemic which had broken out in the diamond mines of South Africa. Reading further, it became c...

December 30, 2016

Richard and Judy ask Jennifer McVeigh 

1) So . . . why the Cape, and why then? What drew you to that particular place and time? 

A few years before I began writing The Fever Tree I travelled to Namibia, in south...

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November 27, 2017

Target (USA) Picks Leopard at the Door for its Book Club

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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