Hello, I’m Ruth Hartley
I was born into a quiet world with books for companions, not all of them suitable for a child. My thoughts, imagination and dreams flourished. I read of heroes and warriors. Certain I would be both, I gradually discovered that the silent and the unimportant have stories, and so do the fearful, who are also brave. I decided that the stories I want to tell are those of ordinary people whose lives flavour the earth with salt.
I am a Storyteller
To be a human, to be alive, is to learn and discover. The world is wonderful and shocking. Simply trying to understand the world and myself is tough and creative work. Writing and making art help me do it. So does reading. This circle brings me to share my stories and my art.
Although I’m a writer, I try to minimise my words. Our digitised world is dense with words and images that provoke and anger and manipulate us. In this media jungle, I aim to write, in elegant prose, common-sense stories that are thought-provoking, relevant, funny, and gripping. I trust my readers’ humanity, intelligence and kindness.
So I’m anti-verbiage and pro-significance and I write atypical books for you.
The Shaping of Water
Read a story of love, loss, hope and the search for identity around the drowned valley of Kariba Dam, ZambiaBUY
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The Tin Heart Gold Mine
Adventure with Lara, a successful artist, on a journey of intrigue, love and courage, via central Africa and London.BUY