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The Zanzibar Chest

Author : Aidan Hartley
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Journalist Aidan Hartley's epic narrative combines the literary reportage of Ryszard Kapuscinski with a historical love story reminiscent of Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient. Hartley is the inheritor of a colonial legacy that stretches back over 150 years. After the ravages he experiences in Ethiopia, Somalia (where three of his friends are torn to pieces by an angry mob), Rwanda, and the Congo, Aidan retreats to his family's house in Kenya where he discovers the Zanzibar chest his father left him. The chest contains the diaries of his father's best friend, Peter Davey, an Englishman who died mysteriously fifty years earlier. Papers in hand, Hartley embarks on a journey to remote southern Arabia to unlock the secrets not only of Davey's life, but of his own. An enthralling narrative of men and women meddling with, embracing, and ultimately being transformed by other cultures, The Zanzibar Chest is one of the most important examinations of colonialism ever written.

The Zanzibar Chest

Author : Aidan Hartley
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An examination of colonialism and its consequences. “A sweeping, poetic homage to Africa, a continent made vivid by Hartley’s capable, stunning prose” (Publishers Weekly). In his final days, Aidan Hartley’s father said to him, “We should have never come.” Those words spoke of a colonial legacy that stretched back through four generations of one British family. From a great-great-grandfather who defended British settlements in nineteenth-century New Zealand, to his father, a colonial officer sent to Africa in the 1920s and who later returned to raise a family there—these were intrepid men who traveled to exotic lands to conquer, build, and bear witness. And there was Aidan, who became a journalist covering Africa in the 1990s, a decade marked by terror and genocide. After encountering the violence in Somalia, Uganda, and Rwanda, Aidan retreated to his family’s house in Kenya where he discovered the Zanzibar chest his father left him. Intricately hand-carved, the chest contained the diaries of his father’s best friend, Peter Davey, an Englishman who had died under obscure circumstances five decades before. With the papers as his guide, Hartley embarked on a journey not only to unlock the secrets of Davey’s life, but his own. “The finest account of a war correspondent’s psychic wracking since Michael Herr’s Dispatches.” —Rian Malan, author of My Traitor’s Heart

Wild Life

Author : Aidan Hartley
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Five years ago, after the senseless murder of his closest friend in Nairobi, Aidan Hartley packed up his bags and headed for the hills with his wife and young daughter. They bought a vast tract of dry land in Laikipia in Northern Kenya, with no fences, no phones, and no company other than the errant witchdoctor who cursed the dust of Aidan's footsteps. But it wasn't long before Aidan discovered that his patch of wilderness was full of life: not just the farmhands spending their wages on drink, weddings and funerals, but a whole procession of curious people who wanted something, or felt they needed to investigate. As Aidan and Claire struggled to build a farm from scratch, they had run-ins with leopards and elephants, and with their new neighbors. Aidan grew up on a farm in Tanzania and thought he had farming in his blood, but nothing prepared him for how hard life would be. But with the help of the locals, the farm developed, and all three of the family proved to have far more to learn from their neighbours than they had expected. Wild Life story is a remarkable book, by turns heartbreaking and wonderfully funny.

The Literary Review

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The Mitrokhin Archive II

Author : Christopher Andrew
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The second sensational volume of 'One of the biggest intelligence coups in recent years' (The Times) When Vasili Mitrokhin revealed his archive of Russian intelligence material to the world it caused an international sensation. The Mitrokhin Archive II reveals in full the secrets of this remarkable cache, showing for the first time the astonishing extent of the KGB's global power and influence. 'The long-awaited second tranche from the KGB archive ... co-authored by our leading authority on the secret machinations of the Evil Empire' Sunday Times 'Stunning ... the stuff of legend ... a unique insight into KGB activities on a global scale' Spectator 'Headline news ... as great a credit to the scholarship of its author as to the dedication and courage of its originator' Sunday Telegraph 'There are gems on every page' Financial Times

Sarah Anderson s Travel Companion

Author : Sarah Anderson
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For those who want to find out more about Africa and the Middle East than can be found in a normal guidebook, Sarah Anderson’s Travel Companion offers a delightfully informed personal selection, including travel literature, illustrated volumes, biographies and memoirs, and more. Travelers and readers can discover novels set in Kenya, cultural studies of Syria, or guidebooks best suited to their tastes. This is an indispensable companion for every serious reader of travel writing.

Lamu

Author : J. de V. Allen
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International Who s who of Authors and Writers

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The Economist

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Country Life

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Report on the East Africa High Commission

Author : Great Britain. Colonial Office
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Annual Report on the East Africa High Commission

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Production of Fish in the Colonial Empire

Author : Charles Frederick Hickling
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The Spectator

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Jim Harrison

Author : Gregg Orr
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Jim Harrison, a literary maverick, is widely considered one of the great and iconic writers in contemporary American literature. This pioneering volume, an extensive and up-to-date illustrated guide to Harrison’s published works, is the first full-length catalog of a distinguished literary career spanning more than forty years. Longtime Harrison readers and collectors Gregg Orr and Beef Torrey have amassed a thorough list of the author’s wide-ranging work, annotated and arranged by genre to provide a full view of the breadth of Harrison’s accomplishment. This work contains more than sixteen hundred citations of writings by and about Harrison, including his fiction, poetry, essays, interviews, screenplays, criticism, and reviews; it also features photographs of his books, dust jackets, and broadsides. With a foreword by Harrison, penned especially for this seminal volume, and an introduction by writer and scholar Robert DeMott, this is the definitive bibliographical study of a major figure in late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century American letters.

Lady L

Author : Romain Gary
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American Book Publishing Record

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Architectural Digest

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Aden Insurgency

Author : Jonathan Walker
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Featuring vivid eyewitness accounts from combatants, civilians and terrorists alike, a new, riveting and important account of Britain's last End of Empire conflict. As Cold War tensions escalated, a brutal fight was contested with the rebel tribes of the wild interior as well as terrorist assassins in the back streets of Aden. Revealing the truth behind the 'Mad Mitch' legend and his clash with the high command and the successes and disasters of early SAS operation, this is one of the very few modern studies to examine Britain's clandestine war in neighboring Yemen alongside her conflict in South America.

Library Journal

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