Marion Molteno is a prize-winning author of four novels, which reflect the unusual range of a life lived across countries and cultures. She grew up in South Africa where she was active in opposition to the apartheid regime. She has worked in education in Africa, with refugees in the UK, and around the world with Save the Children. She has long-standing connections with South Asian communities in the UK, and learnt Urdu from the eminent scholar Ralph Russell. She is now his literary executor, editing his books for publication, and his translations of Ghalib’s ghazals feature in her most recent novel, “Uncertain Light”. Her new book, “Journeys Without A Map: A Writer’s Life”, interweaves encounters with the people and cultures that have inspired her with reflections on the creative process—what fiction does for us, and the vital relationship between writers and readers.