Welcome to Glorious Tuga
Set sail for a tropical paradise where secrets don't stay hidden for long...
London vet Charlotte Walker has taken up a fellowship on the tiny, remote island of Tuga de Oro to study the endangered gold coin tortoises in the jungle interior. She can claim the best of reasons for this year in paradise - what better motivation than to save a species? - but the reality is more complex. For Charlotte has a secret that connects her to the island, and has finally determined to solve the mystery that has dominated her life.
But she will have little time for any of her declared or covert investigations. Inconveniently attracted to the new island doctor, Dan Zekri, Charlotte immediately finds herself the subject of local speculation and gossip. And not only do Tuga's tortoises need attention but so do the island's dogs and donkeys, not to mention the islanders themselves, determined to win Charlotte over with endless deliveries of cake until she relents and becomes vet to all their animals.
A complete and vivid world to escape to, Welcome to Glorious Tuga celebrates a fictional island, and the eccentric community who live there. Enchanting, uplifting and very funny, this is a captivating novel about love, belonging, and what it really means to come home.
'A magical novel, so uplifting, heartwarming, funny and sweet. I cannot TELL you how much I adored it! This feels as if it was written specifically to give comfort – the perfect antidote to current climes.' – Marian Keyes
'If you can imagine a modern-day Jane Austen washed up on a fictional island and combine her perspicacity with the joyousness of The Durrells and the charm of Alexander McCall Smith, you would get close to the wonder of Francesca Segal's new novel. But you wouldn't capture it completely because Segal has a style and wit all of her own. Welcome To Glorious Tuga is warm, clever, thoughtful, funny, moving and brilliantly written. I relished every page and can't wait to press it into everyone's hands.' – Elizabeth Day
'Sparkling and sophisticated, Welcome To Glorious Tuga! is a rare joy. With a cast of complex characters who will restore your belief in humanity, and a tropical setting to escape into, Francesca Segal's novel reminded me of the pleasures to be had in reading. Profound and comic by turns, she has made us an offering of light, and I would recommend every reader take it.' – Jessie Burton
'Pure joy in book form, a hilarious, inviting holiday for the spirit.' – Naomi Alderman, author of The Future and The Power
‘Welcome to Glorious Tuga is a gorgeous book, an extraordinary cross between the work of Gerald Durrell and Jane Austen. It is full of characters that you haven’t met in fiction before, living their lives in a forgotten corner of the globe in which everything, right down to the fruit, has been brilliantly and thoroughly imagined. I didn’t want to go home.' – Nick Hornby
‘What a treat to spend time in Glorious Tuga, where birds are protected and ice pops handed out to children, where donkeys are ridden like communal bicycles, and Charlotte struggles to shake off the dilemma she arrives with. Moving and funny, and fabulously imagined, I was with her through every twist and turn.' – Esther Freud
‘A warm, funny, totally addictive novel, filled with wisdom, that stays with you, long after you finish reading. The characters of glorious Tuga provided me with the escape I needed, before I realised that I even needed it.' - Santham Sanghera
‘Francesca Segal's fantastic and exuberant novel, Welcome to Glorious Tuga, asserts that ‘small islands are drama factories’ and in the case of this book, it's because of the unforgettable characters who populate this tropical setting. Told with such a potent mixture of tenderness and comedy, this is a story you can't forget, a world you won't want to leave.' – Kevin Wilson, author of Now Is Not the Time to Panic and Nothing to See Here
‘Welcome to Glorious Tuga will draw you in and demand—with a warm smile—that you embrace island life and stay a while. Francesca Segal’s latest asks hard questions about what it means to belong, while charming with an irresistible cast of characters who are deliciously intertwined. A delight from start to finish!'— Shelby Van Pelt, author of Remarkably Bright Creatures
'Slow down, grab a Fizzycan and join ambitious herpetologist Charlotte Walker on lush and tropical Tuga, the most remote inhabited island in the world. In this wry, lively, uplifting, sometimes perilous, often hilarious novel, Charlotte ultimately discovers just how far from home she must go to find herself. A pure delight.' – Valerie Martin