By the Sea, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


On a late November afternoon Saleh Omar arrives at Gatwick Airport from Zanzibar, a far away island in the Indian Ocean.

With him he has a small bag in which there lies his most precious possession - a mahogany box containing incense.

He used to own a furniture shop, have a house and be a husband and father.

Now he is an asylum seeker from paradise; silence his only protection.

Meanwhile Latif Mahmud, someone intimately connected with Saleh's past, lives quietly alone in his London flat.

When Saleh and Latif meet in an English seaside town, a story is unravelled.

It is a story of love and betrayal, of seduction and of possession, and of a people desperately trying to find stability amidst the maelstrom of their times.




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Well written and full of colourful melancholy depictions of African life.

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