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Mandoa, Mandoa!

A Comedy of Irrelevance
  • Author
    • Winifred Holtby
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'One of the exciting books of this period . . . it strikes a wholly new note in the catalogue of books about Africa' KIRKUS REVIEWS

Mandoa is a small African state: at its head a Virgin Princess, conceiving (immaculately) further princesses. The old traditions remain undisturbed until Mandoa's Lord High Chamberlain, Safi Tala, visits Addis Ababa. There he discovers baths and cocktail shakers, motor cars and cutlery from Sheffield, telephones and handkerchiefs. In short, he has seen an apocalyptic vision - a new heaven and a new earth.

Meanwhile in England it is 1931. Maurice Durrant, youngest director of Prince's Tours Limited, has won North Donnington for the Conservatives. His socialist brother Bill is unemployed and their friend Jean Stanbury loses her job on The Byeword, a radical weekly paper. How all three, and others too, find themselves in Mandoa for the wedding of the Royal Princess to her Arch-archbishop is hilariously told in this wonderful satirical novel, first published in 1933.
  • Published: Aug 19 1982
  • Pages: 392
  • 198 x 126mm
  • ISBN: 9780860682516
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  • Kirkus Reviews
    A unique book, one of the exciting books of this period, and one which has already created a sensation in England. It strikes a wholly new note in the catalogue of books about Africa, in books about anywhere, for that matter!