Petina Gappah is the author of “Out of Darkness, Shining Light.” The story is written from the perspective of the Africans who carried the body of David Livingstone across Africa for 1,500 miles. The journey took more than 279 days. Livingstone, a legendary missionary and doctor in Africa was also an opponent of Africa’s slave trade. The latter portion of his life was spent as an explorer in an obsessive search for the source of the Nile. The book starts when Livingstone dies and the journey begins. Petina talks about Livingstone’s mythical status, the Africans loyalty to him, the two narrators who were real people and the other characters in the book. “Out of Darkness, Shining Light” is historical fiction, written with extraordinary care.
Out of Darkness, Shining Light by Petina Guppah