Louise Hoole was born in England, grew up on the remote Atlantic island of St Helena, and has spent many years in Africa.  She has written several  books including Seven Wonders (about the world heritage sites of Tanzania), Talking to the Ancestors (about East African art) and Mud, Pirates, Jellyfish and Gas (about deep-water  exploration).  Black Rock, her first novel, explores the exile of Napoleon Bonaparte on St Helena, and was published by Barranca Press in 2014. Louise  travels widely between Africa, Europe and Asia,  and works as a freelance writer and editor for a range of clients from the BBC to the United Nations.

 Photo ©: Krzysztof Odziomek

Photo ©: Krzysztof Odziomek