We are delighted to welcome back one of the most interesting literary writers at work today, Aminatta Forna. Here from her London home, she is the author of the Commonwealth Prize-winning novel, The Memory of Love, the novel, Ancestor Stone, and a memoir of her father and home country of Sierra Leone, The Devil That Danced on the Water. She is here tonight this a powerful novel set in Croatia, The Hired Man (Atlantic Monthly Press). "A masterful novel by a gifted writer lays bare the secrets and scars of past conflicts ... [Forna] reveals her story at a pace of measured suspense until it reads like a slow-burn thriller. Her prose quietly grips us by the throat and then tightens its hold. It is storytelling at its most taut." - Arifa Akbar, The Independent. "[A]n ingenious examination of the kind of ghosts that those with no experience of civil war are unable to see." - Frances Perraudin, The Observer.