Arawatabaru, Barima River, Guyana It seems the entire estate of my great uncle, James Osenton, gold miner extraordinaire , comprised a single share certificate. After Treasury Solicitors' costs the final amount from the government office is...wait for it...a couple of thousand pounds! To be divided among his descendants. Me and my cousins have decided to put the money towards some kind of memorial to James Osenton - he deserved that at least! Just to take the story further: the dear old BBC, in the form of their Heir Hunters programme , have said that they would like to interview me, which I'm more that happy to do - I might then find out more about James Osenton. In fact I will do more than that: I intend to go out to Guyana, go up the Barima River and try and find out a bit more about my great uncle's gold mine. First hand! Settlements on the Barima River, Guyana A gold nugget, found in the Barima River
I downloaded this after a recommendation from audible.co.uk . It wasn’t a straightforward decision because I don’t generally “do” online book recommendations. I needn’t have worried. This is a gripping, intensely moving, evocative and wonderful – I could use more adjectives, but these give you the picture – psychological read. It’s a bit like Joanna Trollope but with barbed wire. I pulled into a layby to listen to the last three chapters and sat there with tears running down my face. It is simply magnificent – and it’s her first novel! Buy it, borrow it, ste** it (maybe not!) – but get it! End of exclamation marks.