A Good Man in Africa is William Boyd's classic, prize-winning debut novel
Winner of the Whitbread Award and the Somerset Maugham Prize
Escapee from suburbia, overweight, oversexed ... Morgan Leafy isn't overburdened with worldly success. Actually, he is refreshingly free from it. But then, as a representative of Her Britannic Majesty in tropical Kinjanja, it was not very constructive of him to get involved in wholesale bribery. Nor was it exactly oiling his way up the ladder to hunt down the improbably pointed breasts of his boss's daughter when officially banned from horizontal delights by a nasty dose ...
Falling back on his deep-laid reserves of misanthropy and guile, Morgan has to fight off the sea of humiliation, betrayal and ju-ju that threatens to wash over him.
A Good Man in Africa is one of the greatest comic novels of recent times and will be loved by fansof Any Human Heart, as well as readers of Ben Macintyre, SebastianFaulks, Nick Hornby and Hilary Mantel
'Wickedly funny' The Times
'If a widening grim is the test of a novel's entertainment value in retospect, A Good Man in Africa romps home' Guardian
WILLIAM BOYD has received world-wide acclaim for his novels.They are: A Good Man in Africa (1981, winner of the Whitbread Award and theSomerset Maugham Prize) An Ice Cream War (1982, shortlisted for the 1982 BookerPrize and winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize), Stars and Bars (1984), TheNew Confessions (1987), Brazzaville Beach (1990, winner of the McVitie Prizeand the James Tait Black Memorial Prize) The Blue Afternoon (1993, winner ofthe 1993 Sunday Express Book of the Year Award and the Los Angeles Times BookAward for Fiction, 1995), Armadillo (1998) and Any Human Heart (2002, winner ofthe Prix Jean Monnet).
He is also theauthor of a collection of screenplays and a memoir of his schooldays, SchoolTies (1985); and three collections of short stories: On the Yankee Station (1981),The Destiny of Nathalie 'X' (1995) and Fascination (2004). He also wrote thespeculative memoir of his schooldays, School Ties (1985); three collections ofshort stories: On the Yankee Station (1981), The Destiny of Nathalie 'X' (1995)and Fascination (2004). He also wrote the speculative memoir Nat Tate: anAmerican Artist -- the publication of which, in the spring of 1998, causedsomething of a stir on both sides of the Atlantic. A collection of hisnon-fiction writings, 1978-2004, entitled Bamboo, was published in October2005. His ninth novel, Restless, was published in September 2006 (Costa BookAward, Novel of the Year 2006) and his tenth novel, Ordinary Thunderstorms,published September 2009. His most recent novel is Waiting For Sunrise whichpublished in February 2011.