Literary thriller: Lifewalla
by Nina Joshi Ramsey
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"A true gem" (Amazon review)
"This is going to be a big hit!!...I'd never read anything like it" (Concourse Magazine)
"A very powerful and unusual story" (Maxinne Linnell, Author)
Dilkhush returns to the hometown where a gas disaster killed thousands. Those in charge at the time are back. She is sent there to give and get forgiveness, but vengeance surfaces. From the moment she gets off the bus, the past rushes in, and a mysterious chain of events unravels.
Allies emerge, including a wise old owl, a master of bargains, a disaster entrepreneur, and an enigmatic supporter. But a powerful nemesis also appears. Dilkhush scours the depths of her soul for answers. How is she to know that the present would rush at her with startling revelations and brutal secrets? Yet, these could also liberate her for a rebirth.
Lifewalla is an unforgettable portrait of loss and pain. It is a deeply moving story of the humanity that could be experienced in a family of strangers. A story of the instinct to grapple for a child's survival, with indestructible hope.
'At a time when our world is beset by natural and man-made disaster Nina Joshi Ramsey really gets inside the psychology of disasters and the consequences that they wreak. It's a very human book and the proceeds are for a good cause. I recommend it.' (Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes President 2015-16, British Psychological Society)
The novel extract above is abridged from Lifewalla.
Nina Joshi Ramsey was born in London to itinerant migrant parents from British India who travelled with work, and settled in British East Africa. Joshi Ramsey left Kenya as a teenager with her family, following an attack on their home after the violent 1982 attempted military coup.
Her account of that won a literary award and a place in the 2nd Decibel Penguin Prize Anthology. Joshi Ramsey's debut novel, LIFEWALLA, was inspired by the true events of the 1984 Bhopal Gas Disaster. The UK edition of the book raises funds for survivor clinics in Bhopal.
Amongst glowing reviews is one from Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, President of the British Psychological Society, who considers it 'a very human book' that 'really gets inside the psychology of disasters and the consequences they wreak.'
Joshi Ramsey has travelled to over 40 countries for pleasure as well as work, ranging from the Arctic to the Antarctic, and from waitressing and cleaning motel rooms, to auditing banking systems and managing global project groups to wiping bums in slums, stress coaching and interviewing marginalised desert populations alongside dwellers in remote model villages.
As part of her voluntary work she trains adult male prisoners in listening skills. Her writing is informed by the sum of her experiences.