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Last Orders At Harrods

by Michael Holman

Last Orders At Harrods Synopsis

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.

Last Orders At Harrods Press 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 *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780349120096
Publication date: 1st March 2007
Author: Michael Holman
Publisher: Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 320 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Michael Holman

Michael Holman grew up in Zimbabwe and was educated in Africa and England. After university he was forced to flee Zimbabwe for Zambia, where he lived for many years. He was Africa Editor of the FINANCIAL TIMES from 1984-2002, and is now a writer and journalist based in London.

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