Brazzaville Beach

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On Brazzaville Beach, on the edge of Africa, Hope Clearwater examines the complex circumstances that brought her there. Sifting the details for evidence of her own innocence or guilt, she tells her engrossing story.

ISBN: 9780141044194 Author: Boyd, TestName5 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 25th June 2009 Imprint: Penguin Books Cover: Paperback Dewey: 823.914 (edition:22) Pages: 398 Language: English Edition: Reprint Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:


‘A brilliant storyteller . . . a book which stretches, tantalizes and delights’ Financial Times


On Brazzaville Beach, on the edge of Africa, Hope Clearwater ponders the strange circumstances that led her to leave her husband John, and his mathematical obsessions, in England and venture to Africa to help world-renowned scientist Eugene Mallabar with his studies of wild chimps.

But the more Hope studies Mallabar, the more she comes to believe that something isn’t right. That behind Mallabar, and his obsessive work, there lies another, more sinister truth: one that might also help explain Hope’s reasons for leaving England . . .


‘A most extraordinary parable about mankind. Quite unlike anything else I have read’ Sunday Express

‘Brilliant, daring. A gripping and compulsive story’ Herald

‘Hilarious and edgy’ Sunday Times

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