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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (3 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755356810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755356812
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The characters are well drawn and the story...moves at a gripping pace' (Daily Telegraph)

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The captivating new novel in the bestselling tradition of Rosie Thomas, from the author of Footprints in the Sand


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Susie B TOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 Oct 2012
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Sarah Challis's latest novel 'The Lonely Desert' is a follow-up to one of her previous novels:'Footsteps in the Sand'. In 'Footsteps in the Sand' cousins Emily and Clemmie Kingsley travel to Mali on edge of the Sahara Desert at the request of their recently deceased Great-Aunt Mary in order to scatter her ashes; Emily returns home, but Clemmie falls in love with Chamba ag Baye, a leader of the Tuareg tribe of nomads, and she decides to follow her heart and remain in Africa.

In 'The Lonely Desert' we meet up again with Emily as she prepares for her marriage to Hugh, an anthropologist, who spends his time studying the exotic ceremonies of remote African tribes. For their honeymoon, Emily and Hugh are travelling to Mali, accompanied by Will Kingsley (Emily's cousin and Clemmie's brother) and his fashion designer girlfriend, Divinity, whose father originated from Senegal, and who is looking to source original textiles for her design company. Emily and Hugh are both very much looking forward to their return to Africa; Hugh so that he can combine his honeymoon with some field work amongst the Dogon tribe, and Emily so that she can meet up with Clemmie again - she not only misses Clem terribly, but has the distinct feeling that all is not well with her beloved cousin. And Emily is not wrong... In first-person narrated chapters from the perspectives of Emily, Clemmie and Divinity, the reader follows the characters' adventures as they arrive in Africa full of excited expectations only to find that their romantic holiday does not go at all the way they had planned.

Sarah Challis writes enthusiastically about Africa and her descriptions of the landscape and of the Malian people were quite interesting and enjoyable to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ruby Two Shoes on 3 July 2013
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I loved the first book and was looking forward to catching up with the characters and the story. It's quite a short book and I felt that by leaving one of the key characters completely out of the narrative, it didn't feel real. There was a lot of menace and little of the charm of the first book. It was just unsatisfying. Sorry, Sarah, I usually love your books but not this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By meryl davies on 1 Dec 2013
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Very different from Sarah Challis' other books, rather like a travel documentary. Couldn't really get into it. Loved Dancing Hill and The Garden Party.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the previous book, and would have rated it 5 stars plus, and I looked forward to reading this as a follow up.
However, I was dissapointed, it was a poor second. The story was very contrived and confusing, whereas the first book was gentle and interesting. This seemed to have been written just for more profit as the first was so successful. It has not put me off reading more books by Sarah Challis as she has been proven to be an excellent writer, but just not in this book.
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By jayd on 27 Dec 2013
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Book arrived very quickly and is a very good price.Great story that rattles along at a good pace.Engaging characters,that capture your imagination.
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By Dorset Sue on 9 July 2013
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Sequels are often difficult to write and ensure the reader remembers the original characters without having to delve into the original. Within a few pages you can recall who is who.
The story keeps you gripped from start to finish. Many a time I thought I knew which way Sarah was leading towards the end, only to start the next chapter and be proved wrong.
Its a relaxed read, it does make you think of warmer climates and also the lifestyle of the desert people. Its a must read to further venture into the lives of Clemmie and her cousin.
I was at the launch of this book and was pleased to see so much support for a lovely lady who has proved herself, so many times, to be a great author.
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By Clare Oak on 27 Aug 2014
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Good sequel. Ending suggested there could be a third book.
Thoroughly enjoyable and informative read. Interesting characters. Current and relevant.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susie Jane on 9 April 2013
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I have read a number of Sarah Challis' books and this one proved to be the best so far.
It is a tremendously good read, and hard to put down. The descriptions of both Mali and her characters are excellent and I am just sorry it came to an end! I would thoroughly recommend you to read it and it would be especially good to take it on holiday.
Given that there have been a number of stories in the news recently with regard to Al Quieda in that region it seemed all the more real.
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