I’ve been so busy with other writer’s books of late, it’s been a pleasant surprise to find this incredibly complimentary review of one of my own on Amazon:
Then comes a shift. A nearby village is overtaken by rebels and suddenly there’s a good chance that they, too, may be in danger. As one of them says, “That’s what’s so difficult about this continent. Anything can happen.” Their normal, albeit occasionally cantankerous discussions, are now filled with survival techniques and problem solving as they stay frozen in their campground, unable to flee due to roadblocks everywhere. Insects, monkey bites, booby traps, and snakes coincide with their increasing fear, in a world completely out of their control. A great concept, a fine read. Recommend
Timothy, a budding author, puts his lucrative career in London 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…
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.
My own personal and business 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 book will go to M-Lisada Org. Kampala a charity supporting former street children in Kamapla, Uganda.
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.
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.