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Seed Thief (Paperback) (Jacqui L'ange)

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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.


‘The Seed Thief is one of those rare books which deliver on all fronts and leave you completely satisfied … The characters are subtly drawn; their relationships authentic and fascinating. The tension of the plot is perfectly taut throughout. Stylistically, the novel is flawless.’ -- LitNet

‘The Seed Thief is a richly sensuous experience and L’Ange an alchemist who has mixed an exotic and mesmerising potion.’ -- Pretoria News

‘[T]his story sings across its pages. It traces a tale of redemption and seeking love and truth with the beauty of a symphony. I have seldom read a book as beautifully imagined, executed and felt.’ -- Cape Times

‘The Seed Thief is a rich tale that is part quest narrative, part story of self-discovery and awakening … It’s a novel that feels like a dream you can remember for only an instant upon waking, and then floats away into the ephemeral, leaving behind only a warm glow and a desire for more.’ -- Essentials

“While a passionate love story and a botanical mystery form the framework of the plot, L’Ange explores a myriad other fascinating themes and threads in this wide-ranging, lush and layered work… The Seed Thief is a richly sensuous experience and L’Ange an alchemist who has mixed an exotic and mesmerising potion.” -- Avis Perks, IOL

“Who knew a tiny star-shaped seed from near-extinct tree could spark so enchanting, suspenseful, and intensely spiritual a tale as Jacqui L’Ange’s debut novel, The Seed Thief? …I lost myself in a story that is lovingly crafted with words that capture the minutiae of the tiniest elements of biology and the larger-than-life culture of South America’s biggest nation. The Seed Thief is a story of worlds beneath worlds within worlds, of surrendering to the splendour of chaos and the beauty of the mysterious.” -- Andrea van Wyk, 'And the Plot Thickens'
Number of Pages: 319
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Literary
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Casemate Pub & Book Dist Llc
Author: Jacqui L'ange
Language: English
Street Date: May 25, 2016
TCIN: 51322530
UPC: 9781415207567
Item Number (DPCI): 248-19-2128

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