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About “Gingerbread”

October 16, 2009
Mountain hut by photographer Jef Maion

Mountain hut by photographer Jef Maion

Unexpected guests and unexpected hosts have been around since human beings first started telling stories. Sometimes the visitors are higher beings who have come to test the moral fibre of the human race — Zeus in Greek mythology, the Archangel Raphael in the Bible, Haroun al-Rashid in the 1001 Nights. Sometimes it is the hosts who are not what they seem — for good or for ill.

So here is another variation, which mixes in 20th-century Swiss history and, of course, a love story.

The story is set on the slopes down from Kleine Scheidegg to Grindelwald, which are decent middle-aged slopes that you can float down while reading a newspaper. At least, that’s what they are if the weather is right. When it isn’t… well, you’ll see.

Read the story when it appears on this blog next Monday. The book doesn’t come out until 19 November, but you can pre-order it now or request a review copy.

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