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A Good Man in Africa

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A Good Man in Africa is William Boyd's classic, prize-winning debut novel - winner of the Whitbread Award and the Somerset Maugham Prize

Escapee from suburbia, overweight, oversexed... Morgan Leafy isn't overburdened with worldly success. Actually, he is refreshingly free from it. But then, as a representative of Her Britannic Majesty in tropical Kinjanja, it was not very constructive of him to get involved in wholesale bribery. Nor was it exactly oiling his way up the ladder to hunt down the improbably pointed breasts of his boss's daughter when officially banned from horizontal delights by a nasty dose ...

Falling back on his deep-laid reserves of misanthropy and guile, Morgan has to fight off the sea of humiliation, betrayal and ju-ju that threatens to wash over him.

'Wickedly funny' The Times

'If a widening grin is the test of a novel's entertainment value in retrospect, A Good Man in Africa romps home' Guardian

'A delight' Washington Post
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 24mm | 240g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141046899
  • 9780141046891
  • 48,337

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Wickedly funny * The Times * If a widening grin is the test of a novel's entertainment value in retrospect, A Good Man in Africa romps home * Guardian * A delight * Washington Post * Uproariously funny * Observer *
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About William Boyd

William Boyd was born in 1952 in Accra, Ghana and grew up there and in Nigeria. His first novel, A Good Man in Africa (1981), won the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Somerset Maugham Prize. His other novels include An Ice Cream War (1982, shortlisted for the 1982 Booker Prize and winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize), Stars and Bars (1984), The New Confessions (1987), Brazzaville Beach (1990, winner of the McVitie Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize), The Blue Afternoon (1993, winner of the 1993 Sunday Express Book of the Year Award), Armadillo (1998), Any Human Heart (2002, winner of the Prix Jean Monnet) and Restless (2006, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year Award). His latest novel is Sweet Caress (2015). Some seventeen of his screenplays have been filmed, including The Trench (1999), which he also directed, and he is also the author of four collections of short stories: On the Yankee Station (1981), The Destiny of Nathalie 'X' (1995), Fascination (2004) and The Dream Lover (2008). He is married and divides his time between London and South West France.
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2,927 ratings
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4 44% (1,296)
3 25% (735)
2 5% (144)
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