Local Author Sets Her Novel In Ukraine
Diane Chandler's love story was inspired by memories of living there
Diane has been a resident of Chiswick for 15 years and her novel is set in Ukraine just after the fall of communism. Here's how she summarises her plot.
"The country and its people completely win her heart. As does Dan, a jaded American Deputy Bureau Chief of USAID. Older, wiser, Dan laughs at Vanessa’s naivety. Corruption is rife. The mind-set of the Ukrainian people is at times impenetrable. Her efforts to coordinate millions of dollars worth of aid are met with ridicule, whilst the British aid experts throw up smoke screens.
"At times thwarted, Vanessa’s determination to help is set when she meets the resourceful, magnificent wives of a Donetsk mining village threatened with pit closures. But then Dan springs a bolt from the blue, which throws her into turmoil...”
Diane used to manage EU overseas aid programmes in Ukraine just after the fall of communism, and has drawn on her memories of that time to write the gritty love story that brings Ukraine vividly to life: from the beautiful lilac-filled city of Kiev and the ski runs of the Carpathians, to the dangerous depths of the Donetsk coalmines and the chilling ghost town of Chernobyl.
CLARE SHORT (former Secretary of State for International Development) has described 'The Road to Donets'k' as “A touching love story that illuminates the aid business. Compelling and enjoyable.
July 29, 2015