Book Launch and Reading from “African August” at the Llandeilo Lit Fest
A thirty something banker from the UK decides to drop out of the the rat race and do some good on the African continent instead. His motivation is governed by the notion of making his pounds stretch in a relatively cheap environment and to finally experience the real world. Soon he finds that this may not as easy as his naive dreams have led him to believe.
Timothy, a budding author, puts his lucrative 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-fulfilment 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…
I never planned to release this book, which breaks into a new genre for me: travel adventure. Then I was approached by Wanda Hartzenberg about her charity anthology for a dog rescue centre in California. I said I had nothing to offer her apart from this one book. Wanda was interested in the book, not least because she was born and lives in Africa. So the book underwent a long editing process to be included in the anthology.
In the US the e-book will be part of a charity, multi-author box set in aid of Santa Paula No Kill Animal Rescue Center in California http://www.santapaulaarc.org/
My travels took me to many places in Africa. I was never moved as much as when I visited an orphanage in Kampala. I hesitated to go because I imagined it to be depressing. Far from it: The children were so happy for our visits. I realised that while I couldn’t change the politics and problems in Africa, I could make a huge difference with nothing but just being there for them for a day.
So all proceeds of the paperback will go to M-Lisada Org. Kampala a charity supporting former street children in Kamapla, Uganda.
Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. In 1993 he moved to the UK and now lives in Llandeilo in West Wales. He and his partner have several Labradoodles to complete their family.
Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. His first historical novel, ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’, was published in November 2012 and downloaded over 60,000 times on Amazon. He has released several more historical novels, including “In Search of A Revolution” and “Ludwika“. He also wrote some contemporary family dramas and thrillers, most notably “Time to Let Go” and “The Healer“. His latest novel, “The Body in the Snow” is a cost murder mystery set in his new home of Carmarthenshire.