Monique Roffey

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Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago


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Monique Roffey was educated in the UK. Her highly acclaimed debut novel, Sun Dog, was published in 2002. Since then she has worked as a Centre Director for the Arvon Foundation and has held the post of Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Sussex and Chichester universities. In 2010, her second novel, The White Woman on the Green Bicycle was shortlisted for the Orange Prize.

Apples of Sodom

Just back from the Galapagos. I found it wasn't quite what I was expecting. The islands are huge and very far apart, far a start. And they are flat, and also have mountains (volcano stumps) in the centre, and they are black in colour, and shrubby with cactus and even banana plants. They have big craters and they are not crawling with giant turtles.

This is because all the turtles were eaten and...

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Published on April 08, 2011 22:18
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The White Woman on the Gree...

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Sun Dog

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House of Ashes

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The Tryst

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With the Kisses of His Mouth

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it was ok 2.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2009
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The Tryst by Monique Roffey
"An urgent, erotic fable, this novel is propelled forward by such an irresistible force that it's difficult to imagine how it would work if you didn't read it all the way through, breathlessly, in one long swig. If you're going to read this, do it..." Read more of this review »
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“George liked it so, that this island was uncompromising and hard for tourists to negotiate. Not all welcome smiles and black men in Hawaiian shirts, playing pan by the poolside. No flat, crystal beaches, no boutique hotels. Trinidad was oil-rich, didn't need tourism. Trinidadians openly sniggered at the sunburnt American women who wandered down the pavement in shorts and bikini top. Trinidad was itself; take it or leave it.”
Monique Roffey, The White Woman on the Green Bicycle

“That's what a poem is. Words which have a hidden meaning. A poem is like a secret.”
Monique Roffey, Archipelago

“Travelling, he'd always thought, was where he'd meet his other self. Somewhere in a foreign place, he would bump into the bit of himself which was lost.”
Monique Roffey, Sun Dog

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