The Scent of Eucalyptusis a coming of age novel set in Ethiopia in the early 1960s. Luke La Touche, freshly graduated from Oxford, resists settling down immediately into a career and heads instead for Africa to seek new experiences and a reprieve from the anxieties of Cold War Britain. Taking a teaching position in Addis Ababa, where his influential cousin James provides all the right introductions, he finds experiences a plenty. He is embraced by an expat community in the last throes of the colonial tradition. He is smitten with Caroline, a fiercely independent British woman, and befriends the rambunctious Simon. Everything changes, however, as he is drawn into the world of Yohannis, a young aristocrat who is part of an emerging generation seeking to transform Africa forever.
The cast of characters – the school people and the denizens of the local scene – are wonderfully observed. Ethiopia too, as landscape and history, is solidly ‘there’. – Nobel prize winner, Seamus Heaney
An outstanding work. – Ronan Sheehan
John Dillon captures the sense of a time before mass tourism, when travel itself was an adventure. – John S. Doyle
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Foreword by Ronan Sheehan
The Scent of Eucalyptus - body of novel