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When I was asked if I wanted to write a story for the anthology, I didn't hesitate for one second. Africa, and particularly
Algeria in North Africa, always held a special place in my heart, and
I hope that one day I will be able to visit and see the wonderful landscapes I
have dreamt and written about.
|Renée Cantrel, my mother, 1950s|
My mother was born and brought up in
|Famille Cantrel, 1940. My mother is standing on the chair. Marcel is in his uniform.|
My great-grandparents had a mixed and colourful background, since they came from
France and Italy to settle in in the nineteenth century. They
were what French people call 'Pied-Noirs'. They weren't wealthy
at all but worked as builders and engineers, although there was always that
story that my grandmother's family - the Di Bernardis - were aristocrats and had
left their castle near Algeria Turin to emigrate to . I
strongly suspect this was just one of those family fantasies handed down from
generation to generation... Algeria
|Paul in his Zouave uniform and his wife Noelie Cantrel|
My grandfather, Paul Cantrel, fought in the Zouaves regiment during the First World War.
Whilst in the trenches in
he formed a friendship with a director from the Maison Godin de Guise - who
still to this day manufacture stoves and cookers. They kept in touch after the
war and he was appointed sales representative for Godin in Verdun . Algeria
The company gave him a car, which I believe the family was exceedingly proud of. Incidentally, the Godins were also 'visionaries' or 'utopian industrialists' who in 1846 built an ideal industrial city for their workers in the North of France, the Familistère, a fascinating building and project which is open to the public (details here).
|Marcel, Roger, Christiane and twins Georgette and Guy Cantrel in the Godin company car, some time in the early 1930s|
(I had posted a photo here which I genuinely thought was the summer house my mother's family came on holidays to in the seaside in Suffren, but I was apparently wrong and the copyright holder demanded I removed it, so there you are...)
She often talked to my sisters and I about her youth, and filled our heads and imagination with her memories of the
Mediterranean sea sparkling
under the midday sun, of hidden coves where pirate Barberossa's treasures were
rumoured to be buried, of exotic scents, foods and colours. At times it was
almost as if we'd been there ourselves.
|Garden in Algiers, courtesy of Pixabay|
Lenora Sharp is Azerwal's perfect woman. Brave, determined and unconventional, she is also related to the man who stole his name, his childhood and his identity - the very man and he has vowed to destroy, even if it takes him all the way to hell. Will love get in the way of revenge, or will Azerwal lose his soul before he loses his heart?
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