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In Justin Cartwright 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

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
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