Please Do Not Disturb by Robert Glancy

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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.
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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 fiancée 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 façade 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.

 

About Robert Glancy

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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. By day he works in PR and by night he writes. He currently lives in New Zealand with his wife and children.
 
Published November 15, 2016 by Bloomsbury USA. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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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.

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