The Viney Agency


David Ambrose

Melanie Finn’s first novel, Away From You, was published to critical acclaim in the UK (Penguin) and USA (St Martin’s Press) in 2004. 

It was described by Helen Dunmore as ‘a deeply affecting book with its own atmosphere of strong light and brilliant detail’ and by Esther Freud as ‘a delicately crafted and powerfully evocative novel.’ 

Away From You
was long listed for the Orange and IMPAC Prizes.

Born and raised in Kenya, Melanie now lives in Vermont with her husband and twin daughters but East Africa stubbornly remains part of her life.  She set up and runs a small health project in a remote Masai community of Northern Tanzania.  

Melanie Finn's second novel, Shame, sold at auction to Weidenfeld & Nicolson who published the hardback in 2015 to critical acclaim and a Not the Booker shortlisting, and publish the paperback in 2016.  Rights have also been sold to Two Dollar Radio in the USA and Les Escales in France.


'richly textured…Finn's fascination with the duality of Africa - "the most honest place on earth" - shines fiercely'  New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice

'intricately plotted' New York Times 100 Most Notable Books of 2016

'A stunning, brutal novel' Anne Cunningham, Irish Independent

Don't expect to be able to set this book down or forget its haunted characters' Kirkus

Arresting – Finn conjures up Africa perfectly' Margaret Forster

Haunting and atmospheric... I was completely hooked’ Leila Aboulela

A brilliantly written account of a soul in torment...gripping’   Tim Lott

Redemption is a foreign country – or so Pilgrim Jones hopes as she looks up at a departures board and takes the first flight.

She is running away; from her failed marriage and from the carnage she has caused in a small Swiss village. Pilgrim alights on the edge of Africa. Over confessions and strong gin, she is lured into a world of mercenaries and philanthropists, delusional heroes and witchdoctors in polyester suits. Here, in a land where fireflies light the sky, anything – even redemption – seems possible.

But can she come to terms her past before the past catches up with her?

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Shame, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2015: published in USA under the title The Gloaming by Two Dollar Radio and in France by Les Escales, 2016; Away From You, Penguin, 2004,  and published in the USA by St Martin's Press.