When botanist Maddy Bellani is asked to travel to Brazil to collect rare seeds from a plant that could cure cancer, she reluctantly agrees. Securing the seeds would be a coup for the seed bank in Cape Town where she works, but Brazil is the country of her birth and home to her estranged father. Her mission is challenging, despite the help of alluring local plant expert Zé. The plant specimen is elusive, its seeds guarded by a sect wary of outsiders. Maddy must also find her way in a world influenced by unscrupulous pharmaceutical companies and the selfish motives of others. Entrancing and richly imagined, The Seed Thief is a modern love story with an ancient history, a tale that moves from flora of Table Mountain to the heart of Afro-Brazilian spiritualism.

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And The Plot Thickens<

27 Feb 2017
9.0
Who knew a tiny star-shaped seed from near-extinct tree could spark so enchanting, suspenseful, and intensely spiritual a tale as Jacqui L’Ange’s debut novel, The Seed Thief? When Cape Town-based botanist, Magdalene “Maddy” Bellani, is asked ...
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IOL

27 Feb 2017
8.0
“If I tell people The Seed Thief is about bio-piracy, they tend to look cautiously baffled. If I tell them it is about sex in Brazil, they lean in for more. It really has a good dose of both,” Jacqui L’Ange wrote in a blog post on Books LIVE a ...
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Litnet

27 Feb 2017
9.0
There are writers and then there are writers. Most of us can only dream of becoming the kind of writer Jacqui L’Ange already is, and the stunning The Seed Thief is only her debut novel. Her prose is luminous. It feels as if her words are caressing ...

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Alison Smith

27 Feb 2017
8.0

A bold debut novel by Cape Town writer, Jacquie L'Ange. Better than an airline ticket to Brazil. Story starts in Cape Town, at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens - botanist Maddy is sent to Brazil to track down seeds of a now-extinct-in-Africa tree th ...

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Publisher:

Umuzi

ISBN:

978-1-415-20756-7

Language:

English

Literary Awards:

Sunday Times Fiction Award, Longlisted (2016)
Etisalat Prize for Literature, Shortlisted (2016)

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