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Kahled Al Khamissi

Khamissi has succeeded in writing an important cultural artefact of the Cairo streets, and in this English translation by Jonathan Wright, it travels rather better than the Pyramids. Expect more searching conversations between tourists and their Egyptian cab drivers hereafter.



His sex scene is related with humour, as by a retired kick-boxing commentator. It will not win the bad-sex award.


The Whistler




The Whistler
Silent Waters, by Okey Nwamadi



Silent Waters


Okey Nwamadi


Whichever way this argument pans out, the importance of this book is the platform it opens in the religious centre of the Nigerian middle class, a largely self-aggrandizing sphere of influence obsessed with a prosperity gospel


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