A vet who grew up in Zimbabwe has written a novel based on his first-hand experience of the war-torn country.
Before completing Spindrift – Swept from Zimbabwe, 42-year-old Lloyd Johnson had only written scientific papers until he finally felt the time was right to tell the story of the country he involuntarily left aged 15.
Dr Johnson now lives in Brisbane, Australia but tries to visit his mother Gill, who lives in King’s Sutton, as often as possible.
He said: “I’ve written a lot of scientific papers which is very straightforward.
“But this story had been with me for a long time and I felt the time was right.”
The father of three added the book is presented as a novel but relies heavily on truth and real events. He said: “It’s a story of resilience, compassion, humanity and at times inhumanity as people resort to different techniques – some good, some bad - to survive.”
Before political changes forced them to leave Zimbabwe in the 1980s, Dr Johnson’s family had been there for four generations.
“I never intended to leave and it was a very difficult thing to do,” said the author, who settled in Rugby, Warwickshire, when he returned to the UK.
Spindrift is now available globally. Go to www.amazon.com/Spindrift-Lloyd-Johnson/dp/1909878065