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Last Orders At Harrods An African Tale by Michael Holman
  

Last Orders At Harrods An African Tale

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Last Orders At Harrods An African Tale by Michael Holman

Charity Mupanga is the widowed owner of Harrods International Bar (and Nightspot) - a favourite meeting place for the movers and shakers of Kibera. While she can handle most challenges, from an erratic supply of Worcestershire sauce, the secret ingredient in her cooking, to the political tensions in East Africa's most notorious slum and a cholera outbreak that follows the freak floods in the state of Ubuntu, some threatening letters from London lawyers are beginning to overwhelm her. Well-meant but inept efforts to foil the lawyers by Edward Furniver, a former fund manager who runs Kibera's co-operative bank, bring Harrods International Bar to the brink of disaster, and Charity close to despair. In the nick of time an accidental riot, triggered by World Bank President Hardwick Hardwicke's visit to the slum, coupled with some quick thinking by Titus Ntoto, the 14-year-old leader of Kibera's toughest gang, the Mboya Boys United Football Club, help Charity - and Harrods - to triumph in the end.

Reviews

** 'Jolly good fun * DAILY MAIL * ** 'This wickedly satirical novel is also a serious critique of Africa's troubled state * GUARDIAN * ** 'Some devastatingly hilarious moments ... a satire that should be required bedtime reading at Gleneagles * SCOTSMAN * ** 'A highly entertaining account of how people make the best of living in sub-Saharan Africa * Alexander McCall Smith, THE HERALD Books of the Year *


About the Author

Michael Holman

Michael Holman was brought up in Zimbabwe. He was Africa editor of the Financial Times from 1984 until 2002; between 1977 and 1984 he was the Financial Times’ Africa correspondent, based in Lusaka, Zambia. Michael is a respected freelance journalist and continues to travel extensively in Africa.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st March 2007

Author

Michael Holman

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Publisher

Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780349120096

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