S&S title shortlisted for Orange Prize for Fiction

The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey was just shortlisted as an Orange Prize Fiction finalist at the London Book Fair this week.

This is an unforgettable love story brimming with politics and passion, hope and despair, set over fifty years in Trinidad. From the vibrant post-war optimism of the mid-1950s, when the country was on the verge of gaining independence, to a much bleaker period at the turn of the twenty-first century, where gang-related violence and murder happen on the streets every day.

When George and Sabine Harwood arrive in Trinidad from England George instantly takes to their new life, but Sabine feels isolated, heat-fatigued, and ill at ease with the racial segregation and the imminent dawning of a new era. Her only solace is her growing fixation with Eric Williams, the charismatic leader of Trinidad’s new national party, to whom she pours out all her hopes and fears for the future in letters that she never brings herself to send. As the years progress, George and Sabine’s marriage endures for better or worse. When George discovers Sabine’s cache of letters, he realises just how many secrets she’s kept from him – and he from her – over the decades. And he is seized by an urgent, desperate need to prove his love for her, with tragic consequences…

The story centres around main characters George and Sabine’s turbulent, passionate and unforgettable love story that is inspired by the author’s parents, and the novel features several famous Trinidadians including the first Prime Minister Eric Williams and legendary cricketer Brian Lara.

This is a great pick for book clubs! So get out there and buy a copy so you can say you read it before Monique wins the prize!

Congratulations Monique and best of luck!!

For first chapter excerpt click here

Find out more about the author and her books at www.moniqueroffey.co.uk