"My Driver is an entertaining, droll novel, executed with a lovely, light touch. . . . Gee’s control of tone is supremely artful."—Lionel Shriver, Daily Telegraph
"A tour de force—brilliantly structured, surprising, humane, and suspenseful."—Elaine Showalter
"Worldly, witty, enjoyable, impressive."—Doris Lessing
Vanessa Henman, a plucky but accident-prone white writer, flies from London to Uganda for a Pan-African writers’ conference. She also intends to pay her former cleaner, Mary Tendo, a surprise visit. But Mary—now the executive housekeeper of the Sheraton Hotel in Kampala—has her own agenda, and she has secretly summoned Vanessa’s beloved ex-husband Trevor, a plumber, to her home village to help build a well.
The conference over, Vanessa sets off alone on a safari to the distant Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to see the mountain gorillas. Farce teeters on the edge of something much darker when Vanessa quarrels with her driver and a bloody war closes in on Bwindi from Congo. Can anyone save her?
Maggie Gee was chosen as one of Granta’s original "Best Young British Novelists." She has published many novels to great acclaim, including The White Family, shortlisted for the Orange and IMPAC prizes, and My Cleaner and The Flood, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize. She was the first female chair of the Royal Society of Literature, and she lives in London.
'Executed with a lovely, light touch - Gee's control of tone is supremely artful' Lionel Shriver, Daily Telegraph 'Fast-moving, energetic, constantly surprising' Hilary Mantel 'Terrifically entertaining' Guardian 'A tour de force - brilliantly structured, surprising, humane, and suspenseful' Elaine Showalter 'Brilliant - just brilliant - this book deserves to be published in every language' Hillary Jordan 'Cunningly constructed and touchingly funny' Nick Rennison, Sunday Times ' - this fun, compassionate novel is a pleasure to read, whether it's casting a sly eye on pompous lectures or raging at greed and corruption.' James Stuart, The Guardian