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A Good Man in Africa

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WINNER OF THE WHITBREAD FIRST NOVEL AWARD
WINNER OF THE SOMERSET MAUGHAM AWARD

'Uproariously funny' Observer
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Overweight, oversexed and over there . . .

Morgan Leafy is hardly the most respectable of Her Majesty's representatives in the West African state of Kinjanja. For starters, he probably shouldn't have involved himself in wholesale bribery. Nor was it a good career move to go chasing after his boss's daughter; especially when his doctor banned him from horizontal pursuits.

But life is about to change for young Morgan Leafy. Every betrayal and humiliation he has suffered at the hands of petty persecutors is suddenly put into perspective. For Morgan has a dead body on his hands - and somehow, some way he's going to have to get rid of it . . .

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

'Wickedly funny' The Times

'A delight' Washington Post
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 21mm | 245g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141046899
  • 9780141046891
  • 17,589

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Uproariously funny
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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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4,526 ratings
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2 5% (238)
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