Set in a baking-hot East Africa during the First World War, William Boyd’s darkly comic debut novel illustrates the chaos and confusion of conflict.

As millions are slaughtered on the Western Front, a ridiculous and little-reported campaign is being waged in East Africa - a war they continued after the Armistice because no one told them to stop. The novel centres on an obscure but decisive moment in World War I, and revolves around two English brothers whose love for each other and their country is sorely tested when they fall for the same woman.

The Booker Prize 1982
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William Boyd

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Born in Ghana, William Boyd is the author of one work of non-fiction, multiple collections of short stories and 17 novels.
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