by Philip Spires


ISBN: 9781849893152
  • Word Count181,270
  • Page Count474
  • IllustrationsNone

Michael, a missionary priest in Kenya, has just killed Munyasya, a retired army officer. It might have been an accident, but Mulonzya, a politician resentful of the power of foreign churches, tries to exploit the tragedy for his own ends. Boniface, a young church worker, and his wife, Josephine, have just lost their child. They did not make it to the hospital in time, possibly because Michael made a detour to retrieve a letter from the Mission, a letter from Janet, a former volunteer teacher who was the priest’s neighbour for two years. It is Munyasya who has the last laugh, however, when he reveals that he was probably in control of events all along. Thirty years on, the same characters find their lives still influenced by his memory.

About the Author

Philip Spires was born in 1952 in Wakefield and spent his first ten years in Sharlston, then a mining village, followed by another eight in Crofton, a mile nearer Wakefield. He went to London University, where he obtained a BSc from Imperial College in Chemical Engineering and a PGCE from King’s. After two years as a VSO in Kenya, he taught in London for 16 years and devoted much of his spare time to assisting an NGO concerned with development and human rights. In 1992, after completing an MA, he worked in Brunei technical education. From 1999 he worked in Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. Since 2003 he has lived in Spain and has completed a PhD in education’s role in Philippine development. He has published two novels, Mission and A Fool’s Knot, both set in Kenya and has collaborated with Martin Offiah in his 50 Of The Best.