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In Justin Cartwright’s fourth, immaculately written novel, a journalist and filmmaker tells the story of his attempt to unravel the mystery of his father’s ill-fated expedition to Africa in 1959.

‘Dodging the vested interests of the Ngwenya clan, his wayward wife Magdan and the colonial dinosaur Jumbo Munroe, the narrator embarks on a quasi-biblical quest . . . a tale that hits the ground running and continues at a vigorous pace. This is one of the shrewdest and most diverting novels about Africa one could hope to read.’ Daily Telegraph

Reviews

A masterly and delightful book
The Sunday Times
A fine book ... extremely well written.
Independent
A marvellously gripping, stylish and intelligent adventure story ... completely fresh and original.
Sunday Express
A wondrous journey into the interior of the African spirit, cooly humorous and thought-provoking ... A masterly and delightful book.
The Sunday Times
Dodging the vested interests of the Ngwenya clan, his wayward wife Magdan and the colonial dinosaur Jumbo Munroe, the narrator embarks on a quasi-biblical quest that owes more to Waugh and Ballard than Rider Haggard, a tale that hits the ground running and continues at a vigorous pace. This is one of the shrewdest and most diverting novels about Africa one could hope to read.
Daily Telegraph