The Ghosts of Eden shortlisted for the 2011 Rubery International Book Award

July 2010

The Ghosts of Eden wins the Waverton Good Read Award.

The residents of Waverton, Cheshire, have spent many months reading and scoring 61 debut British novels and have chosen The Ghosts of Eden as their 2009/10 winner.

Previous winners have included
Boy A by Jonathan Trigell, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday.

Thank-you readers of Waverton!


A stunningly haunting debut

The Book Bag

My favourite book with an African setting… one of my top ten books of the year.

Jackie Bailey at Farm Lane Books

Reality and myths reinforce each other as the title suggests and you are left feeling the vulnerability of humanity.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Fascinating narrative that stops you from putting down this book before you've read it from cover to cover.

A novel you can read again and again

Magical language. Wonderfully drawn characters.

Evocative writing, an absorbing novel which touches the emotions.

Fascinating insights. Loved it.

Reader comments from The People’s Book Prize

As enchanting as Alexander McCall Smith … challenging and satisfying.

Peter Finch on Amazon

I love this book like I love Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things. … The Ghosts of Eden has made me smile, cry, question life and made me wish to be more than I am. It is a book to keep and re-read someday. I want to feel like that again. Do not dismiss this book because it’s not your usual read, because it’s not your usual author… it’s better.

T. D. Bradshaw

This deeply moving book will leave you thoughtful for long after you have read it.

Ann Widdecombe MP