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Tom Gamble was born and grew up in England, but moved to Paris as a young man, working as a musician. He has served as a soldier, trekked alone across isolated parts of North Africa and has run his own training company. This is his first published novel. He currently lives in France. He has a true affinity for Morocco and North Africa and is very often in the region. His knowledge of the country - from the heights of the Atlas Mountains to the bustle of Marrakesh - borders on the encyclopaedic.
Shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year 2011. An idealistic young Englishman, Harry Summerfield, befriends an American oil explorer in Gibraltar in the 1930s. Their meeting sparks a journey for both men that will take them across Morocco and northern Africa, to encounter the harsh realities of Berber opposition to French colonial rule and the passion and conflict of a love for the same young French woman. Full of action, character and extraordinarily vivid local colour, this is a vast novel of adventure, romance and intrigue which keeps the reader guessing page after page. From the hustle and bustle of Marrakech to the beautiful solitude of the Atlas Mountains, and incorporating all levels of society in pre-war Morocco (from Berber tribesmen to French politicians), Amazir is a powerfully evocative work dealing with a vast spectrum of human experience - from wonder to despair. Revisiting the traditional epic-style novel format, Tom Gamble's Amazir is a breathtaking journey into the souks and mountains of Morocco that chronicles a powerful love affair and a nation's political turmoil.
"e;Gamble's poetry is humorous, philosophical and honest. His poetry lifts you up, and slams you down with just as much enthusiasm. This is accomplished work."e; Paul Raine, editor of Poetic Review. This is poetry. Without academic rules and guidelines. Words that can be plucked from life and held up to shine as something unique, and a gem that perfectly captures a truth. The truth of the matter is that we all write poems. At school we write poems. When we first fall in love we write poems and later on for other loves too. When someone we cherish decides to leave the stage, we write poetry. When in hard and difficult times we do the same. And sometimes, right in the middle of thought or conversation, we surprise ourselves by the sudden conjuring up of a turn-of-phrase that stands out above the rest as being rhythmic, maybe rhyming, and certainly very pertinent. Poetry is a stolen five minutes away from the crowd, the office, the computer, the phone, the expectations and the obligations. It's like a quick and passionate kiss with a love - exciting, reassuring, rebellious and true. It pierces the heart of the wider world but strangely is pointed directly at you. There indeed is a future for it in our busy, uncertain times. So weigh anchor, look around you, share a glimpse, a thought, and a moment that maybe you have already lived and never dared to capture.
A final tour of duty in Afghanistan sees John Fox struggling to return to the West. In the Sahara, Badia's hopes meet once again with failure. Two turning points in this kingdom of emptiness bring them together over time and distance in a clash of cultures, love, the rise of terrorism, the fight for forgiveness and a common dream of life.