Sparkian Tales in Bulawayo

Shane Strachan


  • amaBooks
  • Bulawayo
  • 2018
  • English
  • Paperback
  • 76 pages



August 1937: Nineteen-year-old Muriel Spark is making her way from Edinburgh to Southern Rhodesia in search of a new life with her husband-to-be. What she discovers a country of divides, the sharpest between husband and wife. When the world goes to war around her, she must find and follow her literary destiny to survive.

November 2016: Duncan, a young Scottish doctor from Aberdeen, unknowingly traces Spark’s steps in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and similarly faces up to the reality of life in the edge.


Nevertheless is a series of short fictions published in celebration of Muriel Spark’s centenary in 2018, with support from Creative Scotland.


Shane Strachan is a writer based in Aberdeen, Scotland. He holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Aberdeen and an Honorary Fellow of the university's WORD Centre for Creative Writing.