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It is 1905 and Luis Bernardo Valenca, a thirty-seven-year-old bachelor and owner of a small shipping company, is revelling in Lisbon's luxurious high society. But his life is turned upside down when King Dom Carlos invites him to become governor of Portugal's smallest colony, the island of Sao Tome e Principe. Luis Bernardo is ill-prepared for the challenges of plantation life - used to a softer urban existence, he is shocked by the conditions under which the workers labour. But with the English closing in on Sao Tome's cocoa plantations, the island's main means of survival, Luis Bernardo must endeavour to protect the island and its community.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 26mm | 240.4g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 074759662X
  • 9780747596622
  • 303,169

About Miguel Sousa Tavares

Miguel Sousa Tavares was born in Oporto. He gave up a career in law to pursue journalism, after which he moved to more literary writing. He is the author of several books of non-fiction. Equador is his first novel, the product of a long period of maturation and historical research inspired by a complex chapter in Portuguese history.
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'A gripping story, packed with blackmail, scandal, a passionate affair, gambling debts, a violent workers' revolt, intrigue, heartbreak, a courtroom drama and a gunshot in the night hard to resist' Independent 'There's everything: love, politics, solitude, treason and dignity in the equatorial languor' Il Corriere della Sera 'An exquisite love story' La Marseillaise
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3 19% (830)
2 5% (213)
1 2% (79)
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