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President Faure Meets Seychellois Author Mrs Tirant-Longhurst

President Danny Faure met the Seychellois author of the book ‘Echoes from the Oasis’, Mrs Rosie Tirant-Longhurst at State House on Thursday 23rd February.

During the meeting, President Faure commended Mrs Tirant-Longhurst for her contribution in preserving the Seychellois heritage and culture through literature. “Each generation has a legacy, and each generation also gives it to the next one. The work that you are doing is educating our young people through your writing and sharing the story of our past and we are very grateful for that,” said President Faure.

During the meeting Mrs Tirant-Longhurst also had the opportunity to share new ideas on ongoing projects that are presently in the research stages and present President Faure with a personal copy of ‘Echoes from the Oasis’.

Speaking to the press after the meeting, Mrs Tirant-Longhurst shared that her passion for writing was her way of remaining in touch with Seychelles and preserving the memories of the country.

Mrs Tirant is a former nurse by profession who left Seychelles over 25 years ago and has been living in the UK since 1995. She is currently working on the sequel of ‘Echoes from the Oasis’, and her second book is expected to be released in early 2018.

Novelist reveals wonder of the Seychelles in new book

A novice novelist from Haywards Heath aims to explore the history and beauty of the Seychelles with her debut novel.

Rosie Tirant’s historical romance Echoes from the Oasis is set in July 1912. The story takes place on the island of Mahe with the lead character, Anna Savy having just turned 17.

Her character stands out as being rebellious and youthful particularly at a time when women where confined to specific roles and traditions.

The novel explores the belief in God as well as the forces of evil in witchcraft. Anna, as a young nurse, struggles with the idea that the majority of her people suffer in their daily lives.

A smallpox epidemic causes conflict between Anna’s British and Irish colleagues and the addition of forbidden love adds a twist of drama to Rossie Tirant’s debut tale.

Rosie, a former nurse of Seychelles heritage, has experienced disaster first hand and her experiences have influenced the book’s portrayal of devastation in the First World War.

Rosie said: “I wanted to preserve the old ways of life. “So that the world would get to know the real Seychelles and the story of its people.”

As a rookie writer Tirant found the process difficult and rewarding and it camer naturally to her.

She said: “I had to do lots of research – it took years – but that was the best part of the journey: a true odyssey of nostalgia and discovery.

“Right from the start I allowed myself to be guided by my characters.”

Tirant also got emotional writing her characters. “I laughed and cried with them as the story enfolded, sometimes feeling like I had know them in another life. It has been a truly remarkable and amazing journey,” she said.

Echoes from the Oasis is available now from all good bookstores, online and directly from the publisher.The book has already inspired Rosie to begin writing a sequel called Under Stormy Skies, which will follow Seychelles history right to the present day. Tirant hopes these novels will continue as a successful book series.

Press Release

Echoes from the Oasis

Stunning Novel Depicts Bold, Brave Women of Seychelles’ Bygone Era… Hailed “Captivating” by Critics.

BEAU-VALLON, MAHE, SEYCHELLES, February 25, 2016 / – Written from the heart by A.R. Tirant, ‘Echoes from the Oasis’ is the first volume in a compelling new series that thrusts readers back to the turn of the nineteenth century to explore the colourful history, religion, culture and changing role of women inhabiting the Seychelles. Tirant is herself a native of the islands, and her tale of love, faith, brevity and a deadly Smallpox epidemic goes beyond illustrating the region’s exotic beauty and natural charm to celebrate the sheer grit of the islanders of this tiny British Colony on the eve of the ‘First World War’.

While millions flock to many of the Seychelles’ 115 islands in search of sand, sea and sun, few are aware that the region’s history is boundlessly tumultuous and fascinating. In her cinematic new novel, the author manages to skilfully hold the reader’s attention as the story develops its numerous threads that set the stage for a flurry of love and passion in the midst of hardships suffered by the young community of the tiny archipelago. Her penmanship is particularly remarkable in the manner in which she paints the historical backdrop to the stage setting as she introduces the main players whose lives and passions intertwine with the historical events of that period.

‘Echoes from the Oasis’ is a cocktail of love, adversity, religious oppression and societal change – all told through the eyes of a young nurse – Anna Savy – who refuses to experience life from the sidelines. But, as with any epic work of fiction, her thirst for more comes with its fair share of challenges… Our story opens in 1912 on the island of Mahe. The forces of newly found love between Anna, the daughter of an overseer, and Louis du Barre, the son and heir of the landed gentry, faces the almost impossible challenge because of their backgrounds and social status, taking them on a head on clash with all the norms and values of that period.

While the novel’s central focus is naturally on the Seychelles, the story also visits many other areas of the world, their fascinating brushes with history, and their connections with the Seychelles islands. The myth of the ‘Garden of Eden’, the siege of Khartoum and the demise of British General, Charles Gordon, is prominently featured. Through two of the main characters, the hatred and mistrust between Irish Catholics and English Protestants shows the devastating impact of the ‘Potato Famine’ in Ireland, but it also highlights the power of forgiveness, and how we are all the same in God’s eyes.

Without doubt, no story of a colony of Great Britain, no matter how tiny, could ever be told without showing the role played by the ‘Motherland’, so we see the garrison town of Greenwich and East London, with the mighty River Thames taking prime focus, with its numerous quays docking the Steam Ships plying those rich cargo routes of the colonies, but with a slight twist, as it is two English ladies of Greenwich who shows us the real East End.

Readers have celebrated the novel, with a string of five-star reviews. Frank Alphonse comments, “This unstoppable book is a must have and a must read. The writings boasts incredible characters, fantastic locations, and wonderful adventures which are all tokens of the author’s commitment to her research but also to her natural charm”. Whilst David Sinon adds, “From the minute I started reading the book, I did not want to put it down. Beautiful, well written, captured the essence of the islands”. For more readers reviews, articles, interviews, purchase links and information and picture of Seychelles, please do visit the website at :

‘Echoes from the Oasis’, from Beau-Vallon Publishing, is available in both Kindle and Paperback.

About the Author

Rosie Tirant-Longhurst, aka A.R. Tirant, was born in the Seychelles in November 1958. The daughter of a policeman and, the eldest in a family of four brothers and four sisters. She grew up on the northern coast of Mahe island, in the tiny seaside village of Beau-Vallon. Her working life started in 1975 as a nurse at Mahe’s Victoria Hospital, and followed thereafter by a career in the Hotel Industry. She emigrated to England in 1995, and now lives in West Sussex with her husband. She has two grown up sons and a granddaughter.

Rosie wasn’t born with a pen in her hand, far from it. Life growing up was hard and strict. The home comforts we all now take for granted were but a dream for the young girl whose days were divided between household chores, cooking, cleaning and looking after her young siblings. Water for all the household use had to be carried from a stream, with one hand holding a pail on her head, and the other keeping a second from spilling.

Education only happened because it was the one way of getting some rest during the daytime, even if the chores still had to be done by the light of a coconut oil lamp. They were difficult times… times when she would lean against the pillar of the outdoor kitchen waiting for dinner to cook in the large black pots, staring at the tropical skies and marvelling at the diamond beauty of the scattering of stars above, and all the while wishing for a different life . . .

‘Echoes from the Oasis’ is her debut novel which will be followed by other titles in the same series. For direct contact, please email : , Tower House Close , RLHA Group. 01444 459345

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Meeting the President of Seychelles

Meeting the President of Seychelles, Mr James Michel at State House on Mahe. ( Book Launch – Seychelles 2014 )

BOOK REVIEW: “Echoes from the Oasis” by A.R. Tirant

I want to believe that each time a person picks up a book to read, he or she will take something of value away with them due to this experience.
A Book Review . . .
. . . as seen through my eyes!
By: Jacqueline E. Hughes

As a writer and a traveler, my goal is to constantly be aware of new places to add to my list of future adventures, future stories. Less than two weeks ago I stumbled across a rare find when I was introduced to one of the most beautifully written and verbally illustrated novels I have read so far this year. I truly discovered an island Paradise along with a new author and friend by the name of, Rosie.


Author, A.R. Tirant, known as Rosie to her many fans, has brilliantly whisked us, her readers, away to the original Garden of Eden in her debut novel “Echoes from the Oasis.” This isolated archipelago, introduced to us in the year 1912 as the small British colony of the Seychelles, is made-up of 115-islands located in the middle of the Indian Ocean and lies 932 miles east of mainland Southeast Africa. We are placed here just a short time before the onset of WWI when we meet Anna Savy on the day of her sixteenth birthday and, shortly afterwards, she participates in the at-home birth of her baby sister, Eliane. Having witnessed this life-threatening birth, Anna seeks comfort in the bosom of her island, her personal oasis where she is passionately embraced by nature, in order to ponder her imminent future of becoming a wife and mother herself.

Navigating the hillside path to find solace from the real world, Anna looks down on the white sands outlining the Bay and village of Beau-Vallon, her home. Later, sitting among the cinnamon bushes, beneath the bodanmyen tree and near the cleansing waterfall of her own island oasis, high up the hillside, this strong, young woman decides, against all odds, to use nature to show her the way. Within this soothing setting, she soon finds solace with her decision to become a nurse. After all, Mother Nature had formed the Seychelles out of her love and provided these beautiful islands with unique flora and fauna and an abundance of freshwater streams and white coastlines all surrounded by crystal blue waters. The healing effects of nature served as Anna’s guide to help heal the Seychellois, the people of these picturesque islands.

At a time in her island’s history when white girls were told they could not work outside of the home, Anna, after making her decision, saw her plans come to fruition only three months later. With the help of Madame Josephine who deals in black magic (grigri), a scheme, using nothing more than the power of suggestion, is hatched. Its purpose is to enlighten Anna’s parents, Albert and Therese, as to the benefits of Anna’s new vocation as directed through the eyes of the Catholic sisters who run the Victoria Hospital. With its success, Anna felt free for the first time in her young life.

With freedom comes consequences from the decisions we make and Anna must face the results of her actions when she falls desperately in love with a young man, Louis du Barré, whose status in the community exceeds her own station. The du Barré family epitomizes the French colonization of the islands and its African slave roots with regards to its history and commerce prior to English rule. Louis’s love for Anna is reciprocated and this rich and complex story weaves together strong characters who are compelled by their religious beliefs, loyalties to home and family, traditions and superstitions, along with individual guilt and failure. All the while, strong winds of change are blowing across the seas from Europe and creating ‘echoes of disturbance’ within the simple, plantation lifestyle of this humble island paradise.

Ms. Tirant offers her unique knowledge of the history of the Seychelles, her people and culture as she introduces us to a variety of island traditions, feasts and open markets selling local goods and refreshment. She broadens our knowledge of island work ethics and explains to us how crops, synonymous with the Seychelles, have been grown, harvested and exported by the island people for years. We become intoxicated by the essence of the island itself as we take on the role of tourist


navigating and exploring via Ms. Tirant’s beautiful descriptive qualities that flow seamlessly across each page. The reader becomes mesmerized by her gentle storytelling which allows her characters to take on life and permits the scenery of the islands to engulf us within its various textures and smells.


Ms. Tirant, a Seychellois herself, born and raised on the main island of Mahé within a Catholic upbringing and the eldest of eight children, became a nurse there in her youth. She can identify with all of the strong, formidable woman who had to come to terms with a difficult island life where fresh water was hauled to the houses in buckets from the nearby stream and beliefs and attitudes of right and wrong were molded by Roman Catholic principles and ideals.

Men became the provider for the family and women gave birth, maintained their homes, raised the children and became the nucleus of family life. However, in 1912, woman had very little if any say in the important decisions making up the complex world outside of the home. Ms. Tirant’s main character, Anna, was slowly breaking through this stereotypical image as echoes of change vibrated across years of island life and traditions.

I became fascinated by Ms. Tirant’s subtle usage of ‘echoes’ themselves that dominated the backdrop of her book. Listing just a few of them, I can still hear the echoes of bells, drums, heartbeats, waves crashing on the beach, of silence, footsteps upon a ship’s deck, of a cry of agony and, of course, echoes of changing times…..

Ms. Tirant has seamlessly united the history and people of the Seychelles and delivered a sensitive and extremely powerful first novel that can deliver a ‘punch’ when it has to yet exposes the softer side of love and human nature within its magical storyline. I highly recommend “Echoes from the Oasis” to all readers. Through Rosie, the Seychelles really do become an island oasis; our own retreat guaranteed to shelter, provide and allow our dreams to become reality.

Notes about the Author:

A.R. Tirant emigrated to England over twenty years ago from her native village, Beau-Vallon, on the northern coast of Mahé Island in the Seychelles. Today, Rosie lives in West Sussex, England with her husband, Stan Longhurst. Rosie has two grown sons and a beautiful young granddaughter who happens to be named, Anna. Rosie and Stan travel back to the Seychelles each year when she conducts more research into the history of her island, and makes note of the constant changes going on there each visit. She is currently tucked away in West Sussex hard at work on her sequel to “Echoes” which will be entitled “Under Stormy Skies” where her brilliant cast of characters are deeply embedded in the horrors of World War I. With any luck, we may see it launched sometime around Christmas of this year, 2015!

For myself, Rosie has become the world’s Ambassador of these Creole islands of the Seychelles representing their colorful people and culture. Through “Echoes,” she has opened our eyes to the logistics of the islands and created a positive and welcoming embrace between the uninformed and the informed which, I know, will draw tourists there for many years to come.

Echoes Cover

“Echoes from the Oasis” was published in May of 2014 and made the “Amazon Best Sellers” list in January. Rosie received a wonderful write-up in her local village press, Cuckfield Life Magazine, where they describe the success of her debut novel.


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