Sunday Times South Africa

‘Dark and beguiling… Hilarious and tragic.’

The Other Mrs Walker
Mary Paulson-Ellis (Mantle)

A dark and beguiling novel that transports the reader between the seedy underworld of war-torn London and the comfortable present life of Edinburgh. Margaret Penny is a middle-aged woman with kleptomaniac tendencies and a love of oranges who returns to Edinburgh after 30 years. On the other side of the city, an old woman of similar interests dies alone in her flat. Margaret takes on the job of finding the woman’s identity and family so that she can be laid to rest, but instead finds a family history that is peppered with secrets, thievery, the Ten Commandments, oranges and rum. Hilarious and tragic.

Annetjie van Wynegaard