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A funny, disturbing, and deeply affecting novel of power, corruption, and innocence in colonial Africa, by the author of Terms & Conditions.As the African nation of Bwalo prepares for The Big Day--the only day in the year the ailing King talks to his subjects--we meet five very different people: Charlie, a curious boy with a dangerous dictaphone habit, eavesdrops on the eccentric guests of the Mirage Hotel.Sean, an Irishman 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 and fierce thirst would stop distracting him.Josef, the mythmaker and kingmaker who paved the way for Tafumo s rise to power, starts to hear the ominous rattle of skeletons in his closet. Hope, the nurse caring for the King, keeps the old man alive, maintaining the facade of the powerful ruler as she mourns her own broken dreams.And in the countdown to the Big Day, storm clouds gather as a petty criminal, Jack, smuggles something into Bwalo--specifically to the Mirage Hotel--that will change the lives of all of them forever."
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About the Author

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.

Reviews

"Richly layered, mordantly funny, and graced by compassion, Glancy's determinedly small-scale take on revolution and the death of dreams consistently seduces and delights." - Kirkus Reviews"Exciting and surprising." - Booklist"A tragicomic story of the price exacted when those bent on corruption thwart the promise of freedom." - Shelf Awareness"[An] enticing political novel." - The Manhattan Book Review"A beautifully written story." - Washington Independent Review of Books"You'd have to go back to the young Paul Theroux to find a writer this savvy and sympathetic about political fallout in post-colonial Africa . . . Glancy's dialogue is sharp and his descriptions are dandy . . . His tracing of his characters' tangled intersecting paths is Altman-worthy. He's canny on how power-abuse is rationalized by those doing the abusing, and his sense of absurdity is feisty . . . In short, this is impressive work from a smart, feverish talent." - Seattle Times"Frank sorts through the 'terms and conditions' of his life in agonizing, comic detail, mingling fantasy and reality . . . The format (emails and obsessive footnotes) is entertaining, and the author's insights into the predatory aspects of human behavior are spot on." - The New York Times on TERMS & CONDITIONS"An original office comedy that dots all the I's and crosses all the T's: Think a dash of Office Space, a pinch of Palahniuk and a glance at Regarding Henry." - Kirkus Reviews on TERMS & CONDITIONS"Carefully plotted, fresh and amusing . . . Frank, himself, is wryly funny and likeable, so much so that when he eventually exacts his delightful and appropriate revenge you feel like cheering." - Midwest Book Review on TERMS & CONDITIONS"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 "Richly layered, mordantly funny, and graced by compassion, Glancy's determinedly small-scale take on revolution and the death of dreams consistently seduces and delights." - Kirkus Reviews"Exciting and surprising." - Booklist"Frank sorts through the 'terms and conditions' of his life in agonizing, comic detail, mingling fantasy and reality . . . The format (emails and obsessive footnotes) is entertaining, and the author's insights into the predatory aspects of human behavior are spot on." The New York Times on TERMS & CONDITIONS"An original office comedy that dots all the I's and crosses all the T's: Think a dash of Office Space, a pinch of Palahniuk and a glance at Regarding Henry." Kirkus Reviews on TERMS & CONDITIONS"Carefully plotted, fresh and amusing . . . Frank, himself, is wryly funny and likeable, so much so that when he eventually exacts his delightful and appropriate revenge you feel like cheering." Midwest Book Review on TERMS & CONDITIONS"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" "Frank sorts through the 'terms and conditions' of his life in agonizing, comic detail, mingling fantasy and reality . . . The format (emails and obsessive footnotes) is entertaining, and the author's insights into the predatory aspects of human behavior are spot on." The New York Times on TERMS & CONDITIONS"An original office comedy that dots all the I's and crosses all the T's: Think a dash of Office Space, a pinch of Palahniuk and a glance at Regarding Henry." Kirkus Reviews on TERMS & CONDITIONS"Carefully plotted, fresh and amusing . . . Frank, himself, is wryly funny and likeable, so much so that when he eventually exacts his delightful and appropriate revenge you feel like cheering." Midwest Book Review on TERMS & CONDITIONS"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" "Frank sorts through the 'terms and conditions' of his life in agonizing, comic detail, mingling fantasy and reality . . . The format (emails and obsessive footnotes) is entertaining, and the author's insights into the predatory aspects of human behavior are spot on." "The New York Times on TERMS & CONDITIONS""An original office comedy that dots all the I's and crosses all the T's: Think a dash of "Office Space," a pinch of Palahniuk and a glance at "Regarding Henry."" "Kirkus Reviews on TERMS & CONDITIONS""Carefully plotted, fresh and amusing . . . Frank, himself, is wryly funny and likeable, so much so that when he eventually exacts his delightful and appropriate revenge you feel like cheering." "Midwest Book Review on TERMS & CONDITIONS""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"

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