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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Myriad Editions (2 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954930983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954930981
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 445,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A gripping new novel about ex-pat life in West Africa. A real treat.' --Brigid Keenan, author of Diplomatic Baggage: The Adventures of a Trailing Spouse

"Eckstein's West-African tale of expats behaving badly has the feel not just of another place but of another era... The undercurrent of the ‘love that dare not speak its name’ flows through this tale, giving it a special urgency." --The Independent on Sunday


This is a blackly comic debut novel set in a hothouse ex-pat community in Africa: Graham Greene territory with an Armistead Maupin twist. It offers brilliantly observed bigotry and petty feuding delivered to our sofas from one who has experienced it all. Read with a gin and tonic. West Africa in the early 1990s. Isabel Redmond is tiring of her iconoclastic husband's penchant for pendulous black breasts; an old English judge wanders through the scrub following a tribe of Fulani herdsmen; Bob Newpin is about to make a killing in time-shares. And in a dusty warehouse in the heart of the city, a thin white woman is silently measuring out lengths of mauve cloth dotted with silver stars. Into this milieu of miscellaneous misfits and mavericks arrives Daniel Maddison. Rebelling against the confines of diplomatic life, Daniel is drawn towards the people and places that lie way beyond the experience of his High Commission colleagues and their endless round of cocktail parties, golf and gossip.

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