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HALF A CENTURY AS A FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT
Eye-witness reports over 50 years on the state of sub-Saharan Africa, written for the Financial Times and other media, by the FT's former Africa Editor, providing rare insights into the continent's post-independence successes and set-back. Revealing, relevant and highly readable. Alexander McCall Smith says: "Profound observations on very page."
A ROAD TO EXTINCTION
CAN PALAEOLITHIC AFRICANS SURVIVE IN THE ANDAMAN ISLANDS?
The Jarawa tribe wants nothing to do with modern civilisation, but modern civilisation doesn't care. Tourists travel each day along the Andaman Trunk Road in the hope of seeing these naked pygmy hunters in what is now India's human safari park. Jonathan Lawley goes back to the colony his grandfather used to run to see how bad things are.
FROM BEDALES TO THE BOCHE
THE IRONIES OF AN EDWARDIAN CHILDHOOD
No one expected that a generation that had befriended Germany in the 1900s would be eagerly fighting it in the 1910s. In this extraordinary memoir, one of Britain's most important industrial designers tracks his career from the progressive idealism of his school days at Bedales to his passionate enlistment into the Royal Flying Corps.
THE HOPEFUL TRAVELLER
PUBLICATION DATE 2 SEPTEMBER 2021
Short stories set in the 1950s and 60s, narrated by single women, in their middle years, as they travel the world, rekindling old friendships and seeking new ones. They speak of a world now lost, of a European culture—cosmopolitanism, self-confident and well-heeled but displaced and adrift, trying to find its anchor.
A SIN OF OMISSION
PUBLICATION DATE 7 OCTOBER 2021
A raw, compelling novel about a young black preacher in the 1870-80s, trained by the Anglican Church in England, then sent back to the Cape Colony, where he has to face unresolved issues with his family and people, the condescension of church leaders towards their own native pastors, and That Woman—seen once in a photograph and never forgotten.
MUSTARD SEED ITINERARY
PUBLICATION DATE 14 OCTOBER 2021
A satirical novel in which a schoolteacher in modern China falls into an inebriated dream that takes him back to medieval times and up to the highest ranks of the civil administration, leaving him stranded when conditions change and fortune turns against him. Half Daoist literature, half Lewis Carroll: drollery at its best.
THE MOTHER OF BEAUTY
PUBLICATION DATE 21 OCTOBER 2021
Unable to cope with the death of his girlfriend, Londoner Michael Roberts tries to find comfort in memories of his first love back in Belfast, only to discover that those memories are elusive and that he must solve the mystery that explains why he has suppressed so much, unravelling all he ever knew about himself and the person he has become.