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We meet, appropriately, notes the 37-year-old, Glasgow-born debut novelist, at the Royal Over-Seas League in St James’s, where we drink tea and talk about her enchanting first book, In a Land of Paper Gods.

Our surroundings are indeed fitting because Mackenzie, the eldest of three daughters of United Free Church of Scotland missionaries, was raised overseas, in Thailand, Malaysia and India, although her novel mesmerisingly transports readers to a missionary school in war-torn China in the 1940s.

There is a tremendous pre-publication buzz around her assured debut.

Comparisons are being drawn with J G Ballard’s Empire of the Sun, Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible and Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.

All the advance praise is immensely flattering, acknowledges Mackenzie quietly.

In a Land of Paper Gods is grounded in fact, but it’s also a soaring work of the imagination telling of events way beyond Mackenzie’s ken.It is inspired by the history of missionaries in China, where Protestants first went in 1807, remaining until the Communists closed the country in 1953.They founded hospitals, preached from tracts, ran schools for blind children, and evangelised up and down the fabled Women’s River.As they pursued their calling, mission boarding schools were set up to educate their children.The novel is set in one such school, where ten-year-old Etta has boarded for several years.Working on the novel led Mackenzie, via the archives of the London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and the British Library, to track down survivors of wartime China, who shared memories and precious photograph albums of missionary childhoods.

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