Comedy, obsession, religion, cocktails. True confession - no novel.
Doing time on a two square kilometre rock called Malè in Maldives, home to 125,000 Muslims.
She wanted to holiday in Maldives after a chance remark overheard in 1987.
19 years later (and a fully paid up binge drinker suffering from love obsession) she aims to instead be LIVING in Maldives by her 50th birthday - and makes it with one day to spare.
"My new friend is Deo Charles Lemali; he is from Lesotho but lives in Paris. Our 'relationship' is all of eight minutes old when he suddenly declares, "Jane, I have seen you, you have impressed; I want you to be my lover." He is leaving for India on Sunday and will give me a mobile to keep in touch. Then he outlines the travel programme he has worked out for us."
"Some amusing signage:
A florist’s front window: Say it With Flowers … Cactus.
A men’s clothes shop: Natural Nobody.
A grocery store is the sinister: Fresh Memorial.
A house called the siren-like: Boiling Fish."