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It was my boyfriend Arif, travelling in Zimbabwe, who found the mahogany pod. A few weeks before he died, he gave it to me. We were both 24, crazily in love, about to lose each other for good.


More than two decades later I sat down to write the story of our relationship, and The Mahogany Pod was the result, published by Saraband in the UK in 2021 and in the US in 2022.


Watch a video of me talking to Cathy Rentzenbrink about love, loss and writing

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