With accomplished flair, these intricately linked stories dance around Caribbean culture, air travel to Europe, teenage study in west London, idealism and independence in Africa, and academic rivalry in Sheffield. It features: witty and inventive stories from a richly stocked poetic mind - including charming family anecdotes from Montserrat, where grandmother, mother and C. J. Harris expect so much of a young student with ambition, a restless world traveller's tales - from the Caribbean to Mozambique - via London and Sheffield, the entwined adventures of an intriguing cast of comic personae: Colin Retford, Pewter Stapleton and Vincente da Firenze, delicate, playful post-colonial reflections - on Oswald Mosley, Kwame Nkrumah, Nasser Hussein...A poet of international reputation, E. A. Markham has been gathering a store of comic pieces to complement his volumes of poetry. This collection will introduce a wise and sparkling storytelling voice to many new readers; it should be filed under humour, as well as short stories and Caribbean literature. Markham is a writer of great vitality - his political, personal and social comment is wry, powerful and always entertaining. "Meet Me in Mozambique" is a collection of imaginative short pieces, spanning a lifetime of travel and writing. There are many characters with overlapping backgrounds - Pewter Stapleton in Sheffield, C. J. Harris in St Caesare, and Colin Retford in Mozambique. The stories travel between three continents, often via London where the writer spent his teenage years. London is a 1950s world of racism; the 1960s a time of political idealism, with models of black independence tested in Ghana, Nigeria - and Mozambique. Markham's stories meander in comic, self-deprecating fashion between tales of all these people and all these places to create an audacious world of their own.