New Internationalist, 9781780262352, 368pp.
Publication Date: February 16, 2016
Vera is a nurse from Sweden who, while delivering a dangerous birth in the Colombian jungle, makes contact with indigenous people who give her a wholly different outlook on life. A traumatic experience takes her home, her life in pieces, just like the world as she now sees it. Her quest to put her life back together becomes tied up with her vision of a more sustainable world.
She meets the corporate heir to a company specializing in luxury travel who has a predatory attitude to women. Could such opposites really attract? And, if they came together, could they actually do something to halt the global march to self-destruction?
An exploration of the inter-connectedness of human life and an unexpected love story, Integrity delves deep into the choices and emotions of a woman trying to change the world, and a man trying to change with her.
This genre-bending novel has achieved cult status in Sweden where Anna Borgeryd heads one of the country's most progressive companies.
Anna Borgeryd has a PhD in conflict management and is chair of a multi award-winning family business. She is a musician and filmmaker and this, her first novel, started life as a screenplay which won several awards in Sweden. She has been an advisor to the Swedish government's Future Commission. She has given a TEDx lecture on The Dawn of a New Economy and in 2014 she was named among the fifteen most influential environmentalists in Sweden. She blogs at Wood and Blue (annaborgeryd.tumblr.com).