President Danny Faure met the Seychellois author of the book ‘Echoes from the Oasis’, Mrs Rosie Tirant-Longhurst at State House
on Thursday 23rd February.
During the meeting, President Faure commended Mrs Tirant-Longhurst for her contribution in preserving the Seychellois heritage
and culture through literature. “Each generation has a legacy, and each generation also gives it to the next one. The work that
you are doing is educating our young people through your writing and sharing the story of our past and we are very grateful for
that,” said President Faure.
During the meeting Mrs Tirant-Longhurst also had the opportunity to share new ideas on ongoing projects that are presently in
the research stages and present President Faure with a personal copy of ‘Echoes from the Oasis’.
Speaking to the press after the meeting, Mrs Tirant-Longhurst shared that her passion for writing was her way of remaining
in touch with Seychelles and preserving the memories of the country.
Mrs Tirant is a former nurse by profession who left Seychelles over 25 years ago and has been living in the UK since 1995.
She is currently working on the sequel of ‘Echoes from the Oasis’, and her second book is expected to be released in early 2018.
A novice novelist from Haywards Heath aims to explore the history and beauty of the Seychelles with her debut novel.
Rosie Tirant’s historical romance Echoes from the Oasis is set in July 1912. The story takes place on the island of Mahe with the lead character, Anna Savy having just turned 17.
Her character stands out as being rebellious and youthful particularly at a time when women where confined to specific roles and traditions.
The novel explores the belief in God as well as the forces of evil in witchcraft. Anna, as a young nurse, struggles with the idea that the majority of her people suffer in their daily lives.
A smallpox epidemic causes conflict between Anna’s British and Irish colleagues and the addition of forbidden love adds a twist of drama to Rossie Tirant’s debut tale.
Rosie, a former nurse of Seychelles heritage, has experienced disaster first hand and her experiences have influenced the book’s portrayal of devastation in the First World War.
Rosie said: “I wanted to preserve the old ways of life. “So that the world would get to know the real Seychelles and the story of its people.”
As a rookie writer Tirant found the process difficult and rewarding and it camer naturally to her.
She said: “I had to do lots of research – it took years – but that was the best part of the journey: a true odyssey of nostalgia and discovery.
“Right from the start I allowed myself to be guided by my characters.”
Tirant also got emotional writing her characters. “I laughed and cried with them as the story enfolded, sometimes feeling like I had know them in another life. It has been a truly remarkable and amazing journey,” she said.
Echoes from the Oasis is available now from all good bookstores, online and directly from the publisher.The book has already inspired Rosie to begin writing a sequel called Under Stormy Skies, which will follow Seychelles history right to the present day. Tirant hopes these novels will continue as a successful book series.
Stunning Novel Depicts Bold, Brave Women of
Seychelles’ Bygone Era… Hailed “Captivating”
BEAU-VALLON, MAHE, SEYCHELLES,
February 25, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ —
Written from the heart by A.R. Tirant, ‘Echoes
from the Oasis’ is the first volume in a
compelling new series that thrusts readers back
to the turn of the nineteenth century to explore
the colourful history, religion, culture and
changing role of women inhabiting the
Seychelles. Tirant is herself a native of the
islands, and her tale of love, faith, brevity and a
deadly Smallpox epidemic goes beyond
illustrating the region’s exotic beauty and
natural charm to celebrate the sheer grit of the
islanders of this tiny British Colony on the eve
of the ‘First World War’.
While millions flock to many of the Seychelles’
115 islands in search of sand, sea and sun, few
are aware that the region’s history is
boundlessly tumultuous and fascinating. In her cinematic new novel, the author manages to skilfully
hold the reader’s attention as the story develops its numerous threads that set the stage for a flurry of
love and passion in the midst of hardships suffered by the young community of the tiny archipelago.
Her penmanship is particularly remarkable in the manner in which she paints the historical backdrop
to the stage setting as she introduces the main players whose lives and passions intertwine with the
historical events of that period.
‘Echoes from the Oasis’ is a cocktail of love, adversity, religious oppression and societal change – all
told through the eyes of a young nurse – Anna Savy – who refuses to experience life from the sidelines.
But, as with any epic work of fiction, her thirst for more comes with its fair share of challenges…
Our story opens in 1912 on the island of Mahe. The forces of newly found love between Anna, the
daughter of an overseer, and Louis du Barre, the son and heir of the landed gentry, faces the almost
impossible challenge because of their backgrounds and social status, taking them on a head on clash
with all the norms and values of that period.
While the novel’s central focus is naturally on the Seychelles, the story also visits many other areas of
the world, their fascinating brushes with history, and their connections with the Seychelles islands.
The myth of the ‘Garden of Eden’, the siege of Khartoum and the demise of British General, Charles
Gordon, is prominently featured. Through two of the main characters, the hatred and mistrust
between Irish Catholics and English Protestants shows the devastating impact of the ‘Potato Famine’
in Ireland, but it also highlights the power of forgiveness, and how we are all the same in God’s eyes.
Without doubt, no story of a colony of Great
Britain, no matter how tiny, could ever be told
without showing the role played by the
‘Motherland’, so we see the garrison town of
Greenwich and East London, with the mighty
River Thames taking prime focus, with its
numerous quays docking the Steam Ships
plying those rich cargo routes of the colonies,
but with a slight twist, as it is two English ladies
of Greenwich who shows us the real East End.
Readers have celebrated the novel, with a
string of five-star reviews. Frank Alphonse
comments, “This unstoppable book is a must
have and a must read. The writings boasts
incredible characters, fantastic locations, and
wonderful adventures which are all tokens of
the author’s commitment to her research but
also to her natural charm”. Whilst David Sinon
adds, “From the minute I started reading the
book, I did not want to put it down. Beautiful,
well written, captured the essence of the
islands”. For more readers reviews, articles,
interviews, purchase links and information and picture of Seychelles, please do visit the website at : www.seychelleshistoricalnovels.com
‘Echoes from the Oasis’, from Beau-Vallon Publishing, is available in both Kindle and Paperback.
Rosie Tirant-Longhurst, aka A.R. Tirant, was born in the Seychelles in November 1958. The daughter
of a policeman and, the eldest in a family of four brothers and four sisters. She grew up on the
northern coast of Mahe island, in the tiny seaside village of Beau-Vallon. Her working life started in
1975 as a nurse at Mahe’s Victoria Hospital, and followed thereafter by a career in the Hotel Industry.
She emigrated to England in 1995, and now lives in West Sussex with her husband. She has two
grown up sons and a granddaughter.
Rosie wasn’t born with a pen in her hand, far from it. Life growing up was hard and strict. The home
comforts we all now take for granted were but a dream for the young girl whose days were divided
between household chores, cooking, cleaning and looking after her young siblings. Water for all the
household use had to be carried from a stream, with one hand holding a pail on her head, and the
other keeping a second from spilling.
Education only happened because it was the one way of getting some rest during the daytime, even if
the chores still had to be done by the light of a coconut oil lamp. They were difficult times… times
when she would lean against the pillar of the outdoor kitchen waiting for dinner to cook in the large
black pots, staring at the tropical skies and marvelling at the diamond beauty of the scattering of stars
above, and all the while wishing for a different life . . .
‘Echoes from the Oasis’ is her debut novel which will be followed by other titles in the same series.
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