Grande Vigne Press is an enterprise set up in 2010 by former BBC radio producer George Macpherson in the Dordogne, France and publisher Tom Bayliss, in London. In the new world of the Amazon Kindle, Apple Ipad and other digital book readers authors can publish their work in the same way that artists and sculptors can exhibit and promote theirs, without the high associated costs of printing, binding and despatch.

Grande Vigne’s first publication is set in Africa, and has strong farming and cultural connections. George Macpherson, the author, spent many years working in rural development in East, Central and Southern Africa before joining the BBC World Service where he produced farming, wildlife and music programmes.He became head of the Swahili Service before going freelance, producing and presenting farming, music, medical and engineering programmes in Radio Four, World Service and Five Live. He has several non-fiction books to his name.

Tom Bayliss’s background is in marketing and public service.