In his gripping new work, Matthew Kneale, author of the highly praised English Passengers, takes us around today's world, into the lives of ordinary people as they struggle to live, and to do the right thing, sometimes managing neither. A ploddingly respectable London lawyer who chances upon a stash of cocaine and realizes it offers the wealth and status he hungers for. A well-intentioned family on holiday in China who collide with the ruthless side of the country, and slowly become complicit in its violence. A salesman in Africa caught up in a riot that turns his life upside down. A self-doubting suicide bomber. Matthew Kneale takes us on a journey from England to Ethiopia, from Colombia to the Middle East, surprising us afresh as he crosses each frontier. As the book gains momentum, tense, funny, and always compassionate, it makes us see our world in a new way. Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance is a remarkable, powerful book, by of a master of the uncertainties of our time.
Publication date: 04/03/2005
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
|Publication date:||4th March 2005|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
In his own words ... 'I was born in London in 1960 and brought up in Barnes, studying at Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith. After school I caught the travel bug - I've never lost it - on a four-month trip across Italy and Greece. I then studied Modern History at Magdalen College, specializing in the nineeteenth century. When I finished I knew I wanted to write fiction, but wasn't quite sure how to set about this. I ended up taking a plane to Tokyo where I found work teaching English. As a lone Englishman - there was no other foreigner in the ...More About Matthew Kneale