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Haunted by demons past and present, geologist Ann Salter seeks sanctuary on the exotic island of Lanzarote. There she meets charismatic author Richard Parry and indigenous potter Domingo and together they explore the island.
Ann’s encounters with the island’s hidden treasures becomes a journey deep inside herself as she struggles to understand who she was, who she is, and who she wants to be.
Set against a panoramic backdrop of dramatic island landscapes and Spanish colonial history, The Drago Tree is an intriguing tale of betrayal, conquest and love, in all its forms.
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When I began work on The Drago Tree in 2012, all I had were the bones of a short story, a solitary sentence, and a sketch of a protagonist. It wasn't until I chose the setting that the story started to unfold in me. I'd just finished reading Fay Weldon's Leader of the Band and I was living through the aftermath of a relationship gone awry. I needed an escape. So did my protagonist, Ann. I was in Melbourne, Australia, but Ann was in the Cotswolds. She is younger than me, and a geologist. Ann takes a trip to Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain, where I used to live. And through her I got to re-live that part of my life when I was wild and reckless and free.
Ann is anything but. She's haunted by her past and enchanted by the island landscapes; her thoughts and feelings magnified by her all too recent, all too present, hurt.
Tucked away in the solitude of my empty home, with the spirit of Fay Weldon by my side, I spent hours, days and months glued to Google maps and YouTube and hundreds of websites. My ambition was to write the best travel fiction book I was capable of. The Drago Tree turned out to be romance, or perhaps romantic is a better word, in the sense that it is a love story.
I became immersed in the island's unusual geology, rich colonial history and exceptional beauty. It was the perfect escape. By the time I completed the manuscript I felt thoroughly purged. The result is a novel that is a reflection of my own life and yet entirely separate from it. It is a carefully crafted work, written from two perspectives and multi-layered. It was a joy to write. I have written two more novels set in the Canary Islands, one to be released in 2019.
"The Drago Tree is a beautifully crafted, exquisitely written novel brimming with grief and heartiness, pain and joy. Unputdownable from the get-go. The story reminds me of AS Byatt's classic exploration of the relationships between power and knowledge: as much as Possession is about academic rivalry and obsession, The Drago Tree is about different kind of possession. It is a story of (post) colonial possession, where the invaders continue to vie for owning traditional indigenous knowledges, and where the unique island of Lanzarote serves as a setting for what is a global process of colonial expansion. It is also a story of men's perceived right to possess women and appropriate their talents; be they writers, such as the main protagonist, who escapes domestic violence only to find herself fighting off a fellow writer's presumptive ownership over her, on the very island whose culture he sees as just one add-and-stir element to his authorship's ouvre. The story has all that a good story should have: vibrant characters, a journey of a plotline, a twist at the end. The Drago Tree will take your heart. - writer and critic, Jasmina Brankovich"A beautiful book, tense, evocative, and thoughtful." - Elizabeth Jane Corbett, author
"An intelligent and insightful story, sensitively told." - Michelle Saftich, author
"A thoughtful, introspective novel." - Kelsi H, book blogger
" Written in beautiful prose." - Ooha Biddala, book blogger
"I'd never heard of Lanzarote before, now I'd love to visit this fascinating place!" - James Synot, Goodreads
"The Drago Tree is full of stunning imagery, quotes, lines and setting. The pace is very slow; however, the book is an experience in of itself.
The overall description, whether for characters, emotions or setting, was done very well. If Blackthorn ever decides to give writing courses, I'll be the first to sign up.The Drago Tree is a beautiful example of travel literature...the narrative is simply brilliant." - Nada Sobhi, book blogger
"Set on Lanzarote this is a wonderful wonderful book. I honestly do not know why I have left it so long to read but now I have I am glad I did. The relationships of the three main characters will forever stay with me and the descriptive writing is just perfect. I love love loved it and will re-read again again. Stunning" - NetGalley reviewer
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