Writer Monique Roffey's latest novel, House of Ashes, had its local launch recently at the Paper-Based bookshop, The Normandie, St Ann's.
Published by Simon & Schuster, the book is a fictionalised version of the events surrounding the 1990 attempted coup. Roffey's research for it included studying the transcripts of the commission of enquiry into the coup attempt. The commission's final report was issued in March this year.
Roffey was born in Trinidad and now divides her time between this country and the UK.
She has a PhD in creative writing. Her earlier novels include two also set or partly set in T&T: The White Woman on the Green Bicycle, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 2010; and Archipelago, which won the OCM Bocas Prize at the Bocas Lit Fest in 2013.
At the launch, which was well attended, Roffey read a passage from the new book and then discussed it with fellow writer Judy Raymond, editor-in-chief of the T&T Guardian.