My Driver by Maggie Gee

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Vanessa Henman, a plucky but accident-prone white writer, flies from London to Uganda for an African writers’ conference. She also means to visit her former cleaner, Ugandan Mary Tendo, now the successful Executive Housekeeper of Kampala’s up-market Sheraton Hotel. But Mary has her own agenda: her son Jamil is missing, and she has secretly summoned Vanessa’s beloved ex-husband Trevor, a plumber, to her home village to build a new well. Vanessa sets off alone on safari to distant Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to see the mountain gorillas. But she quarrels with her driver and a bloody war closes in on Bwindi from Congo. Can anyone save her? Will Mary Tendo find her son? ‘One of her strongest novels to date…fast-moving, energetic, constantly surprising’ Hilary Mantel ‘Maggie Gee has never written better’ Rose Tremain ‘A tour de force – brilliantly structured, surprising, humane, and suspenseful’ Elaine Showalter ‘Brilliant…just brilliant…this book deserves to be published in every language’ Hillary Jordan 'Executed with a lovely, light touch ... an immensely enjoyable novel.' Lionel Shriver, Daily Telegraph 'Worldy, witty, enjoyable, impressive' Doris Lessing 'Sparky, funny and terrifically entertaining' Guardian
 

About Maggie Gee

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\Maggie Gee was chosen as one of Granta’s original ‘Best Young British Novelists’. She has published many novels to great acclaim, including The White Family, shortlisted for the Orange and IMPAC prizes, My Cleaner and The Flood, longlisted for the Orange Prize, and The Ice People. She was the first female Chair of the Royal Society of Literature, 2004–2008, and is now one of its Vice-Presidents.
 
Published April 19, 2012 by Telegram Books. 344 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Guardian

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In Maggie Gee's last novel, the excellent My Cleaner, Mary Tendo left her Ugandan home for London at the request of her former employer, the brittle writer Vanessa Henman.

Mar 27 2009 | Read Full Review of My Driver

The Telegraph

An underproductive novelist .

Apr 21 2009 | Read Full Review of My Driver

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