Looking for Evelyn
Chrissie Docherty returns to the southern Africa of her childhood and tracks down Evelyn Fielding, the woman at the centre of an explosive scandal involving a traditional colonial officer and a gifted black African artist. Together, the two women uncover the secrets that shattered a remote expatriate outpost in the Zambian bush in the 1970s.
Switching deftly between today and the recent past, and set against a background of tense post-colonial race relations, political turmoil and witchcraft, Looking for Evelyn powerfully evokes the very special colours, sounds and smells of Africa.
Prizes and awards
Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize 2018, SHORTLISTED
REVIEWS OF Looking for Evelyn
"The gentle pace of the novel is enhanced by the descriptions of the beauty of southern Africa, while Ritchie thoroughly yet succinctly covers the racial and political tensions of the time. If you’re looking for a holiday book to transport you to southern Africa, this is it." Julie Bryson, Daily Mail
"Gripping and thought-provoking... Richly atmospheric and blistering with tension." Zoe Strachan
"Maggie Ritchie paints a vivid picture of a complex Africa. A compelling read!" Sarah Maine
"A deliciously provocative mix of exotic locations, sexual scandal and the end of colonialism." Lesley McDowell, The National
“You can see, taste and feel the dusty red roads of the South African bush in this rich, evocative exploration of love, jealousy and betrayal in post-colonial Zambia in the 1970s.” Jackie Copleton