We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts about The Uganda Sails Wednesday by Stuart Condie on the RedDoor tour.
It is 1960 and as the SS Uganda steams her way to Africa, tea plantation manager William Fontwell is left wondering why his wife and son are travelling so urgently to see him.
On board, Heather and Johnny Fontwell make friends amongst passengers and crew. But with the temperature rising, bigotry and jealousies emerge, and Heather is subjected to a series of unpleasant events that risk her secrets being exposed.
Events take a tragic turn before they dock at Mombasa and William arrives at the port to confront a captain and crew who seem to be hiding the truth.
The SS Ugandahas a rich history, as a passenger-cargo liner, school cruise ship, and hospital ship and troopship during the Falklands War. The Uganda Sails Wednesday is the first of a trilogy which puts the ship at the heart of the stories of the Fontwell family, their friends and the ship’s crew.
The Uganda Sails Wednesday is an historical novel set around the cargo liners heading to Kenya.
Set in 1960, Heather Fontwell and her son make a hasty departure on the SS Uganda to meet her husband at the tea plantation he is overseeing in Kenya.
Heather is pregnant by her lover and needs to be with her husband as soon as possible. Whilst on board she hides her morning sickness for travel sickness and becomes addicted to the new pills given by the nurse.
William arrives at Mombasa to his son but sadly no wife and the captain and crew seem to be hiding many secrets.
There are some interesting characters on board the SS Uganda and I found this book well written.
A great read with secrets and sadness.
Stuart Condie has been a Director of transport facilities across Europe and Australia but now works part-time as a consultant. He completed a two-year creative writing course at Sussex University in 2011 and is a founder member of the Chalk Circle writing and publishing group. The Uganda Sails Wednesday is his first full length novel and is the first of a trilogy. It was shortlisted for the Retreat West first novel prize 2019.