Manly Pursuits

Manly Pursuits

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It is Cape Town, in the year 1899. Diamond tycoon Cecil Rhodes believes that he has only months to live, and that the only thing that can save him is the sound of English birdsong. He recruits Francis Wills to transport 200 birds to Cape Town, but on arrival the birds refuse to sing. This is but the first obstacle for Wills, who finds himself irresistibly drawn to intrigue, in a country on the brink of more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 24mm | 281.23g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747545448
  • 9780747545446

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'Outstanding ... Funny, well observed and beautifully written' Sunday Times 'History is ingeniously rewritten in this witty and engaging novel' J.M. Coetzee 'I haven't turned any pages faster this year than I turned these' Spectator 'Both an entertaining read and a richly evocative portrait of an era' Observershow more

About Ann Harries

Ann Harries was born and educated in Cape Town, where she worked in township schools and community centres. On moving to England she became active in the anti-apartheid movement. She divides her time between the Cotswolds and South more

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38 ratings
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2 11% (4)
1 8% (3)
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