Breakfast in Bogotá

‘Rocío was naked and Luke was not. For him, it felt the other way around. Why now, he thought, trying to stop his hands from shaking ...’

Bogotá, 1947. British architect Luke Vosey has left his past behind to undertake a commission for Anglo-Colombian Oil in South America. For Luke, this new venture seems to offer the chance to start again. But grieving and ashamed of his role in the war, he cannot run from the past or from his nightmares.

Luke finds distraction with the whores of Las Cruces and in the friendship of a young newspaper journalist and finally with Felisa, a young draughtswoman with a passion for politics. Through her, Luke comes to understand the true broken mood of the people of Colombia, with the country teetering on the brink of civil war. Then a bloody assassination on the streets of the capital sees everything he's worked for destroyed.

As the mob tears the city to shreds, and Luke's past is unveiled, can he survive to save others?


About the author

Helen Young is an author and digital editor. Her debut, The May Queen, was published in 2016. She is obsessed with questions of identity and geography - namely, the versions of ourselves we carry with us. 

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Why We Like It

On her first novel The May Queen

  1. 'Breakout book - emotional and intriguing.' - Stylist
  2. 'One to watch.' - Good Housekeeping
  3. 'Edible prose, waspish humour and a lot of heart' - Jonathan Eyers, author of The Thieves of Pudding Lane

Helen attended the Faber Novel Writing Programme. She splits her time between London, Wiltshire and Colombia, when she can get there. Breakfast in Bogotá is her second novel.

@helenireneyoung

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