"Bertha, the Swiss Trader's Daughter" by Eleni T. Cotton is published

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  • (1888PressRelease) September 19, 2017 - “Bertha, the Swiss Trader's Daughter: Love, War and Conspiracy in the Turbulent Past of Malawi - the little Jewel of Africa” (ISBN #978-1787194687) About the Book:

    It is 1915 and the Great War changes everything.

    Born of two cultures, black and white, the Deuss sisters live lives of privilege in Nyasaland, now Malawi, a magnificent country where people walk in fear of slave traders, where big game is hunted, and affluent colonials drink cocktails at sundown.

    It ends suddenly when catastrophic events tear their family apart. Bertha and her sisters are left unprotected in a male dominated, racist society.

    Rejecting despair, they forge a new path for themselves with courage and determination. But is this enough to open society’s closed doors, to build a new life, find love and defy what society expects lone girls of mixed race to do?

    This is fact-fiction meticulously researched, a novel and adventure story which is based on real peoples’ lives, people who experienced the depths of tragedy, yet also the heights of joy during their lives on an unforgettably beautiful and wild continent. It is a slice of history, a window into an enthralling, exciting and doomed world that is gone forever.

    About the Author:
    Eleni was born in Malawi and educated in Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia) and the United Kingdom. She now lives in Kent with her husband John and son Nick and spends as much time as possible in Greece on the island where her father was born and where she has three Rescue dogs. Four of her other children also live in the South East where she can keep an interfering eye on them but one has escaped to the Wirral. Part of her heart still lingers in Malawi where she forgot it when she had to leave.

    Excerpt from the Book:

    “Elsa was finding her life a struggle and she reflected ironically how just a few short weeks ago she had been feeling so content, so fulfilled in the new life that she had chosen for herself.
    But then her father’s letter had arrived and turned all of their worlds upside-down. Probably the most difficult thing was keeping up appearances in front of A Mayi who, thankfully, was going from strength to strength, busy with animals and gardens and happy to have her sisters close by, though she would never admit this.
    Elsa’s main worry was Paulina’s ability to keep quiet about the letter. Paulina thrived on misery, thought Elsa irritably, and was probably bursting to unload onto their mother the unhappy news that had so disrupted their lives. She had to trust that she would not, but A Mayi’s vulnerability was causing her serious pangs of anxiety.
    Then there was the Andrew situation. Now, more than ever, she wanted the matter cleared up, as she became increasingly sure that she did want to marry him. His presence gave her much comfort and he was able to distract her from the underlying clouds of unhappiness that blotted her view of the blue sky. She decided to confront him on his next visit and steeled herself for what was inevitably going to be a difficult conversation.”

    “Bertha, The Swiss Trader’s Daughter” by Eleni Trataris Cotton is available in hardback from Amazon at:

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    Press/Media Contact Details:
    New Generation Publishing
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    E-mail: info ( @ ) newgeneration-publishing dot com

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