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The funny, disturbing and deeply affecting new book by the acclaimed author of Terms & Conditions Charlie, a curious boy with a dangerous dictaphone habit, eavesdrops on the eccentric guests of the Mirage Hotel, as the African nation of Bwalo prepares for the annual appearance of its Glorious Leader Tafumo. Sean, an Irishman who's given his heart (and the best part of his liver) to Bwalo, struggles to write the great African vel - if only his crazed fiancee and fierce thirst would stop distracting him. Josef, mythmaker and kingmaker, who paved the way for Tafumo's rise to power, starts to hear the omius rattle of skeletons in his closet. Hope, the nurse caring for the King, keeps the old man alive, maintaining the facade of the powerful ruler, as she mourns her own broken dreams. And in the countdown to the Big Day, storm clouds are gathering as petty criminal, Jack, smuggles something into Bwalo - to the Mirage Hotel - that will change the lives of all of them for ever...
Robert Glancy was born in Zambia and raised in Malawi. At fourteen he moved from Africa to Edinburgh then went on to study history at Cambridge. His first novel, Terms & Conditions, was published by Bloomsbury in 2014 to critical acclaim. He has recently been awarded the Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship in New Zealand, where he currently lives with his wife and children. @RobertGlancy