"Sharp satire describing one woman's battle against big business." —Daily Express
"A highly entertaining account of how people make the best of living in sub-Saharan Africa." —Alexander McCall Smith, author, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
"This wickedly satirical novel is also a serious critique of Africa's troubled state." —The Guardian
About the Author
Michael Holman grew up in Zimbabwe and was educated in Africa and England. He is former Africa editor of the Financial Times.
African drumbeats leave you in no doubt of the setting. THIS Harrods is a bar-restaurant in a mythical East-African country; THAT Harrods threatens to sue over the name. Owner Charity is determined that her business will survive. What follows is a fictional stew of the continent's ongoing problems--disease, corruption, violence--treated somewhat tongue in cheek. Jerome Pride gets the satiric tone just right as he mines the treasure trove of characters--officious visiting Brits, resident Japanese, local government leaders, and juvenile gang members. Early on, Charity's father explains, in an infectious lilt, that he got the name "Harrods" from a discarded shopping bag because Brit employers couldn't pronounce local monikers. Narrator Jerome Pride has no trouble, though. An edgy but delightful listen. J.B.G. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.