The big news this month is ASSEGAI by Wilbur Smith which is out in hardcover at 23.75 euros.
It is 1913 and ex-soldier turned professional big game hunter, Leon Courtney, is in British East Africa guiding rich and powerful men from America and Europe on safaris in the Masai tribe territories. This is really a novel of three parts: the first is Wilbur Smith at his best; he is in his element when describing the wildlife and native people of Africa. It covers the central character’s move from soldier to hunter and his developing friendship with a Masai warrior. The second part seeds the plot and some truly sinister characters, and the third part reads like an action-packed espionage thriller. This is not Wilbur Smith at the top of his game but good nonetheless – an exciting, old-fashioned saga.
And for lovers of historical romance, just out in paperback is THE RETURN by Victoria Hislop at 10 euros. Beneath the majestic towers of the Alhambra, Granada’s cobbled streets resonate with music and secrets. Sonia Cameron knows nothing of the city’s shocking past; she is here to dance. In a quiet café a chance conversation and an intriguing collection of old photographs draw her into the extraordinary tale of Spain’s devastating civil war. Captivating and deeply moving, Victoria Hislop’s second novel is as inspiring as her international bestselling debut, The Island which spent eight weeks at number one on the bestseller lists in the UK and has been translated into 20 languages. Set mostly in Granada at the height of the conflict, Hislop’s many months of research are obvious in the fine historical detail and in the incredibly sensual descriptions of the passionate flamenco dance that the author herself learnt and of which she is now an avid fan.
One Mole Digging
For young children, the picture story book writer, Julia Donaldson, has become immensely popular, with The Gruffalo achieving the recognition and success of Spot or Eric Carle’s the Hungry Caterpillar. She has written many picture books that have kept young children and parents entertained, and her new book for ages 2+ is ONE MOLE DIGGING at 7.50 euros. It is a numbers book that features animals busy lending a hand in the garden. It features parrots pulling up carrots, bears picking pears and a swarm of bees pruning the trees with their miniature shears. The colourful and hilarious illustrations by Nick Sharatt and Donaldon’s whimsical rhymes make this ideal for teaching toddlers to count.
Duncan Weatherton knew this was his life-changing moment. Get the next question right and his life would change forever. Get it wrong and he would be witness to one of the most outrageous frauds in the history of the TV game show.
After more than 20 years working in the City, redundancy had hit Duncan hard, and he was struggling to come to terms with his sudden loss of status and income.
With two young children and a sizeable mortgage to support, he knew he had to come up with some new ideas – and come up with them fast! Frustrated by his inability to find another job, he decides that winning – and winning big – may be his only way out.
Fifty/Fifty is a light-hearted, easy-to-read novel by first time author, David Lewis. Based on his own real-life experiences of TV game shows, including The Weakest Link from which he emerged victorious, the book will provide laughter and tears in equal measure and makes great holiday reading.
Fifty/Fifty is available from the Griffin Bookshop in Almancil, Murtilo Gift Shop (behind Baptista Supermarket in Praia da Luz) and from bookshops across the Algarve.