Please Do Not Disturb

Please Do Not Disturb

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A gripping and beautifully observed novel of power, corruption and innocence from the author of Terms & Conditions

Charlie, a curious boy with a dangerous Dictaphone habit, eavesdrops on the eccentric guests of the Mirage Hotel, as the African nation of Bwalo prepares for the annual appearance of its Glorious Leader Tafumo.

Sean, who's given his heart (and the best part of his liver) to Bwalo, struggles to write the great African novel - if only his crazed fiancee would stop distracting him.

Josef, kingmaker and mythmaker, starts to hear the ominous rattle of skeletons in his closet.

Hope, the nurse caring for the King, keeps the old man alive as she mourns her own broken dreams.

And storm clouds gather as petty criminal, Jack, smuggles something into Bwalo - to the Mirage Hotel - that will change the lives of all of them for ever...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 19mm | 240g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781408866320
  • 1,318,703

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Original, very funny and very poignant. Read it! Paul Torday, author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen on Terms & Conditions
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Original, very funny and very poignant. Read it! * Paul Torday, author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen on Terms & Conditions * It's wonderful. Funny, poignant, simple and profound - it's the kind of book I absolutely love. And it has the best ending I've read in a very long time * Gavin Extence, author of The Universe Versus Alex Woods on Terms & Conditions * This great debut feels fresh and playful, and exceptionally readable (footnotes have never been so addictive). It also has stuff to say about life, too, and the importance of seeing the big picture - and the small print. Every book seems to have "funny and life-affirming" written on it but this one actually is * Matt Haig, author of The Humans on Terms & Conditions * A deliciously cynical story * Independent on Sunday on Terms & Conditions * Hilarious * Sun on Terms & Conditions *
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About Robert Glancy

Robert Glancy was born in Zambia and raised in Malawi. At fourteen he moved from Africa to Edinburgh then went on to study history at Cambridge. His first novel, Terms & Conditions, was published by Bloomsbury in 2014 to critical acclaim. He has recently been awarded the Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship in New Zealand, where he currently lives with his wife and children.

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149 ratings
3.67 out of 5 stars
5 16% (24)
4 44% (66)
3 32% (47)
2 7% (10)
1 1% (2)
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