In this colourful and humorous travelogue, a little faith goes a long way.
When a hardworking French priest in the Congo tells an agnostic British journalist: "God is the best we can be", he unleashes a chain of dramatic events that will resonate from Kinshasa to Kingston-upon-Thames. Rising to the ethical challenge, journalist Frank befriends twelve year-old Dudu - a homeless Congolese boy accused of sorcery - and promises to help him return to his family.
But streetwise Dudu is nobody's fool. Their unlikely partnership disintegrates with profound consequences for them both - and for Frank's wife and kids waiting in the UK. The story continues in 'Child Witch London'.
"A novel to take you out of your comfort zone and into the muddled spiritual world of an African megacity. Ormsby's is a fresh, distinct voice and Child Witch a courageous debut." - Tim Butcher, author of 'Blood River'
"If you liked The Poisonwood Bible, then Child Witch Kinshasa is for you." - Mail & Guardian, Johannesburg
"Gives profound insights into three very different ways of life: the incomprehensible bureaucracy of international charity work; the difficulty of bringing up kids in the UK; and the life of a street kid in one of Africa's most screwed up nations. This tricky issue is handled deftly. The novel is peppered with Mike Ormsby's cynical Scouse humour and never gets boring." - Huffington Post
"The exotic sounds, smells and sights of the Congo bring Child Witch vividly to life. It's a compelling story built around strong characters in a world that makes readers question their own beliefs and motives." - Liverpool Echo
"Excellent. Excellent. I loved this funny, adventurous, and heartwarming book. Ormsby writes with humor, sensitivity and empathy, from personal experience. For any reader craving good fiction, more than simple entertainment. Highly recommended." - Tracy A. Fischer, Readers' Favorite