I was asked to clarify the situation about my latest work-in-progress, so here is the blurb, followed by explanations about the project and the release:

African August

When Timothy, a budding author, puts his lucrative banking career on hold for the chance to go on the adventure of a lifetime in Africa, he gets far more than even he had bargained for. He teams up with a host of intriguing characters, from gay air stewards to beautiful, adventure-seeking women on his journey to self-fulfillment and self-discovery.

Risking his life negotiating white-water rapids and encountering some unanticipated jungle dangers, Timothy has his eyes opened to harsh realities, worlds away from the cossetted life he’d been living back in London. Soon, he and his companions find themselves caught up in deadly civil unrest. 

This is a tale of love, loss and growing up on a continent where the political situation is even more volatile than the weather, and where adventure and tragedy are only a heartbeat away. The wind can change very quickly in an African August…

The novel is an adventure story, a part thriller, part drop-out fantasy and is also very close to my heart. I wrote it in 2011 while still working for an airline, using a lot of my travel experiences in Africa.

The book is a step into yet another genre and I had not planned on releasing it for that reason. It’s hard enough to keep a foot in two and a half ‘markets’ as it is.
But then I was approached by the wonderful Wanda Hartzenberg about an e-book charity box set in aid of the Santa Paula No Kill Animal Rescue Center in California http://www.santapaulaarc.org/logo-main

You all know how much I love dogs and the box set will include work by the amazing Nathan Squiers, DeAnn Townes, Gillian Joy , Aaron Paul Lazar, Uvi Poznansky, Ted Krever, Duncan McGonall and Robert Warr.
Some of these writers I’ve already worked with and I feel honoured to be included and to be able to contribute to this worthy cause. The project requires a lot of coordination, so we’re still waiting for a release date.

Since the box set isn’t scheduled to be released as paperback at all, I will now release the paperback version separately and launch it at the Llandeilo Lit Fest.

Saturday 29th of April at 3pm at the Fountain Fine Art Gallery
Eventbrite - Launch and Reading from “African August” by Christoph Fischer   Admission is Free – Book launch and reading from “African August” by Llandeilo resident author Christoph Fischer

All proceeds of the paperback will go to M-Lisada Org Kampala, a charity supporting former street children in Kampala, Uganda. https://mlisada.org

UGANDA

Uganda is located in northeast Africa and was once called the Pearl of Africa. It is known for its lakes and mountainous landscapes, tea plantations, healthy populations of most wild beasts, as well as a large group of endangered silverback mountain gorillas. 

But Kampala, the largest city in Uganda, presents another picture. Wars, AIDS, terrorists, a high birth rate, corrupt government, and unplanned urbanization have all contributed to the collapse of the country’s covenant with its children.

Out of a total population of 40 million people in Uganda, more than 7 million are orphans and vulnerable children. Many of these abandoned, homeless, sick, war-ravaged, addicted, hungry, terrified children come from their villages to Kampala, hoping to find work or relief from the deplorable conditions they’ve left behind. But soon the harsh realities become clear, as very young children, left to their resources, have to forage for food and keep themselves safe from drugs, disease, and predators. 

M-Lisada’s mission is to reduce the number of children living on the streets in Uganda, by providing them with a home, an education, and protection.

M-Lisada strives to restore dignity and self-confidence through the teaching of life skills, music, and the arts, thereby improving the lives of vulnerable children, and their chances for the future. 

On my travels around the globe I was never quite as deeply touched as I was when visiting an orphanage in Uganda. 

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