The Seed Thief by Jacqui L’Ange
29 Sep 2015
Sometimes the thing you find is not the one you were looking for. When botanist Maddy Bellani is asked to travel to Brazil to collect rare seeds from a plant that could cure cancer, she reluctantly agrees. Securing the seeds would be a coup for the seed bank in Cape Town where she works, but Brazil is the country of her birth and home to her estranged father.
Her mission is challenging, despite the help of alluring local plant expert Zé. The plant specimen is elusive, its seeds guarded by a sect wary of outsiders. Maddy must also find her way in a world influenced by unscrupulous pharmaceutical companies and the selfish motives of others.
Entrancing and richly imagined, The Seed Thief is a modern love story with an ancient history, a tale that moves from flora of Table Mountain to the heart of Afro-Brazilian spiritualism.
About the author
Jacqui L’Ange was born in Durban and grew up across five continents. As a journalist she attended the first ever United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio, in 1992. Over the past twenty years she has produced award-winning work in advertising, television, film, and multi-media. She has a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Cape Town, and was books editor at Psychologies and O – The Oprah Magazine. The author of the children’s book Miss Helen’s MagicalWorld, she lives in Cape Town with her family and menagerie of other animals.