Beneath African Skies - by Gillie Bowen

 

Beneath African Skies is a novel based on the lives of brother and sister George and Molly Hudson.  It tells the true story of their ancestors from Kent who were amongst the first 1820 settlers in the Cape, South Africa.  The book goes on to recapture the siblings' young lives in South Africa and then in Kenya up to, and including, the events of the Second World War.  It is written by Molly's daughter, Gillie Bowen.  

George and Molly.  Brother and sister.  Inseparable.  Just fifteen months between them.  They have witnessed the horror of a tribal castration in an African jungle. They have lost their home and their family in a devastating fire. They have suffered the anguish and heartbreak of their father’s betrayal. With nothing left of their childhood, they board a ship to start a new life in another country - where lion, hippo, rhino and leopard rule. At the age of just ten and eleven, they are alone – but they have each other.

 

NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON AS A PAPERBACK AND ON KINDLE!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1492969877

https://www.amazon.com/author/gilliebowen

 

This is what they are saying on Twitter this month:

 Jessica Gray  @author_jessica   The whole website is amazing. Tidbits of chapters, photos, everything.

Beth Hale  @writes4coffee  I really like the sound of this.  It's going on my kindle

Dwayne Conyers  @dwacon  Very nice!

TJ Spencer  @NozzleheadBooks    Gillie, Wow! The photos are very impressive and a powerful story. Thanks for sharing.
    
Paul Hollis  @HollowManSeries  Beneath African Skies: "It's the kind of read you can't wait to get back to, to see what is going to happen next". 5 Stars!
  
Charley Daveler  @CharleyDaveler   Beautiful website!

Bobbi Parish  @TruthisHers  I am intrigued by the African Skies book, Gillie. I love books about that era in Africa. Going to Amazon to check it out.

Lisa Brown  @lisabrownbooks Really enjoying BENEATH AFRICAN SKIES! It's very clear from your writing how deeply personal it is to you.
 

This is what they are saying about Beneath African Skies on Twitter this week:

Jane Bwye@jbwye  ·  May 16

 

Just discovered this! Yr book looks great. Love the cover - and the flamingoes! · 

 

 

Beem Weeks@BeemWeeks  ·  May 14

 

Have you discovered Gillie Bowen yet? beneathafricanskies.simplesite.com Follow and support!

 

Paul Hollis@HollowManSeries  ·  May 12

 

Beneath African Skies: "It's the kind of read you can't wait to get back to, to see what is going to happen next". 5 Stars!

 

nadege nicoll@nadegenicoll  ·  May 12

 

Sites are great! What an interesting family / ancestors you have!!   

 

Mark Iles@welcometoearth  ·  May 13

 

Hi Gillie, Had a look at sites and they are amazing. I particularly like the cover of Beneath African Skies!

 

Les Jones@penninevale  ·  May 12

 

Taking a look at Beneath African Skies. I like it!

 

Neil Newton@1NeilNewton  ·  May 12

 

Gillie. Just had a look at your websites. They look great. Very tasteful and I like the simplicity of design.

 

Ailsa Abraham@ailsaabraham  ·  May 12

 

Looks fascinating.

 

 

 

Robert T Mullane III @RobertTMullane  What a story. How'd you come upon such a fine subject for non fic. work? I've ordered copy & will read. Thank you, RTM

writtenwithasmile@poetsmiles I just visited your website. Left you a comment. I really like your work. Well done

Kenneth W. Harmon @KennethWHarmon  I enjoyed reading your bio on your site. Now I'm ready to check out your book. I love history.

Desert Bookshelf @DesertBookshelf  

Take a look at my blog post about Gillie Bowen's BENEATH AFRICAN SKIES by @AmuseBouchecook http://ow.ly/xwkG0  #Africa #Kenya

Teresa Cadena @TeresaCadena  Thanks for sharing the interesting narrative: Beneath African Skies, difficult to stop reading. And amuse-bouche, exquisite!

Robert T Mullane III @RobertTMullane  This is brilliant. You're a #1 'indie'

Paul Hollis @HollowManSeries  Beneath African Skies: "It's the kind of read you can't wait to get back to, to see what is going to happen next". 5 Stars!

Gina Tang @beijingfamily  Very nice review! Fascinating experiences many will want to read about. Excellent!

Aislinn Marshall@AislinnAM It looks like you have a fascinating family history!

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Mike G | Reply 19.03.2015 10.33

Well done, Gillie. Yer playing' a blinder. Keep goin'!

Mike G 19.03.2015 17.49

Lookin' forward to that, Gillie.

GILLIE 19.03.2015 11.20

Thanks Mike. I'm going to send you a file on all the stuff we found out about Hougham Park, our ancestor's house in Coega Bay, Port Elizabeth.t

GILLIE | Reply 25.08.2014 07.32

Thank you Jose, for your kind words.

Jose Javier | Reply 24.08.2014 21.07

Jose Javier Garde @jose_garde I enjoyed reading your bio on your site. I really like your work

GILLIE | Reply 30.07.2014 09.56

Hello Mary Anne
Can you please give me the website addresses of the two charities? I would indeed be interested in helping worthy causes.

Mary Anne Holcomb | Reply 30.07.2014 01.55

Would you be willing to donate 2signed copies at least of your book for 1 charity in kenya hope and education. And another charity D.c.Congo Abelis foundation

GILLIE | Reply 16.07.2014 22.53

Thanks Beem.

Beem Weeks | Reply 16.07.2014 18.18

Great post, Gillie! I love the clean look of your site!

GILLIE | Reply 15.07.2014 11.11

Thanks Micki - I'm sure you would enjoy Beneath African Skies - it's a novel but based on my mother's family's true life story. RRBC a great site!

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19.03 | 17:49

Lookin' forward to that, Gillie.

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19.03 | 11:22

It's all but written! However, I might wait until we have been back to Kenya (probably in January next year) before publishing.

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19.03 | 11:20

Thanks Mike. I'm going to send you a file on all the stuff we found out about Hougham Park, our ancestor's house in Coega Bay, Port Elizabeth.t

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19.03 | 10:34

I loved this book. It brought home the real atmosphere of Africa and the story was really interesting.
When is the sequel coming out?

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