Despite having British roots that run long and deep, Laura Jacquottet has spent a chunk of her life as a rolling stone. She rolled along 10,000 kilometers of stunning African tracks at the age of 18, then rolled around a tiny volcanic island lost in the Indian Ocean, and final rolled into the French Amazonia rainforest with her then one-year-old son. Eventually, she and her French husband and their three kids stopped rolling. They have spent the past 20 years in Normandy, France, the home to her distant ancestor, the nephew of William the Conqueror! Writing allows her to continue to roll even when in reality she has put down roots.
“Mum, are we nearly there?” we whine for the five-hundredth time. A tired car, and an even more tired dad, turns off the main road and attacks the last leg of the journey along narrower and narrower high-hedged country lanes down to the familiar holiday home on the rugged coastline of England’s Cornwall.