'This is everything you'd expect of a blockbuster - glamorous locations, ambitious female protagonists and a singing, gliding narrative - but with a little more intelligence' Glamour. Moving effortlessly across five decades, SAFFRON SKIES is a magnificent story of sisters, friends, families and love. Lesley Lokko has proved herself to be an outstanding new voice in commercial fiction. Her first novel, SUNDOWNERS, was one of the most widely-praised and successful debuts in commercial fiction in 2004: 'A very 21st-century blockbuster, this has all the classic elements - nail-biting narrative, absorbing relationships, glamorous locations - with an extra shot of intelligence' Cosmopolitan. 'I enjoyed it hugely, not only because it is a rattling good read but because it's so refreshingly, wonderfully unpretentious' Wendy Holden, Sunday Express. 'We loved Lesley Lokko's debut novel SUNDOWNERS and her follow-up is just as good' Bella. 'Best described as a Blockbuster Plus - in this case, plus a little bit more intelligence and social and political grip than normal ... Agreeably glamorous and pageturning' Daily Mail. SAFFRON SKIES will be supported by a major marketing and PR campaign.
Lesley Lokko was born in Scotland in 1964 of mixed Ghanaian-Scots parentage. She grew up in Ghana and was educated in Ghana, the US and the UK. She trained as an architect and divides her time between Ghana and the UK.
The power of friendship and love prevail against unlikely odds in Lokko's overstuffed, globe-trotting family epic. The saga, which begins in 1972 London, primarily focuses on lonely Amber Sall and her friends, artistically gifted Becky Aldridge and poor, intelligent Madeline Szabo. Amber yearns for the approval of her illustrious father, Max, but he's too occupied with his work and second family in Rome to notice. Amber's half-sister, the gorgeous Paola, grows into a vixen, and the two compete over everything, including, eventually, Tend? Ndiaye, a West African business associate of their father. Years blur together as Amber and friends embark on their own lives, rarely making contact with one another aside from infrequent visits; Madeline becomes a doctor, Becky finds work in a gallery and Amber becomes a journalist before marrying Tend?. Paola never outgrows her licentiousness, and it proves, predictably, to be her undoing. Political strife in Mali, meanwhile, portends possible disaster for Tend?, but help from an unexpected source saves the day. Stilted pacing slows an already meandering plot, though the few surprise turns should keep readers going. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Love, sex, adventure, glamour. What more could you ask for? - DAILY EXPRESSThe mixture of sibling rivalry, love affairs and family feuds make this a real page turner. - OK magazine
This addictive page-turner takes us into the lives of three young girls and whisks us through years of their experiences into adulthood. Best friends Amber, Becky, and Madeline are entirely different from one another. But while they have their problems, they also share a strong bond. Lokko's (Sundowners) saga also introduces us to the fascinating Max, the megarich patriarch of two families, one in England (he is Amber's father) and one in Italy (he is also the father of the beautiful and glamourous Paola Rossi). Both families know about each other, and the media know as well, which adds to the dysfunctional problems of these characters. A lot of issues are covered here drug and alcohol dependency, infidelity, race, and class but Lokko's great character development and exciting plot keep us entranced to the end. For libraries where Judith Kranz is popular. Marianne Fitzgerald, Severna Park H.S., MD Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.