A Guide to the Birds of East Africa.

Drayson, Nicholas.

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Widower Mr. Malik has been in love with Rose Mbikwa for three years. Rose leads the East African Ornithological Walks every week. When Mr. Malik tries to get up the courage to invite Rose to the Nairobi Hunt Club Ball an old schoolmate turns up. Harry Khan is good-looking, flashy, and enraptured with Rose. Members of the Asadi Club cook up a competition - whoever can identify the most species of birds in a week will get to take her to the ball. Immensely charming.

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Description

A beguiling novel that does for contemporary Kenya and its 1,000 species of birds what Alexander McCall Smith's Ladies Detective series does for Botswana For the past three years, the widower Mr. Malik has been secretly in love with Rose Mbikwa, a woman who leads the weekly bird walks sponsored by the East African Ornithological Society. Reserved and honorable, Malik wouldn't be noticed by a bystander in a Nairobi street--except perhaps to comment on his carefully sculpted combover. But beneath that unprepossessing exterior lies a warm heart and a secret passion. But just as Malik is getting up the nerve to invite Rose to the Nairobi Hunt Club Ball (the premier social occasion of the Kenyan calendar), who should pop up but his nemesis from his school days. The jokester Harry Khan, good-looking in a flashy way and quick of foot, has also become enraptured with the object of Malik's affection. So begins the competition cooked up by fellow members of the Asadi club: whoever can identify the most species of birds in one week's time gets the privilege of asking Ms. Mbikwa to the ball. Set against the lush Kenyan landscape rich with wildlife and political intrigue, this irresistible novel has been sold in eight countries and is winning fans worldwide.

Book Details

Author Drayson, Nicholas.
Format HC
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Imprint Houghton Mifflin
Number of Pages 201
Illustrations black & white illustrations
Publish Date 18/09/2008
Catalogue ER018
Catalogue book number 273