From the two-tune winner of the Giller Prize and author of the international bestseller, The In-Between World o f Vikram Lall " By turns detective story, family saga [and] national history ... A rich evocative meditation on how and why stories are written. " Swiday Times. When Plus Fernandes, a retired schoolteacher living in modernday Dar es Salaam, discovers the diary of a British colonial administrator from 1913, he is drawn into a provocative account of East Africa and the liaisons, feelings and secrets of its people over the course of a century. " Vassanji captures a wide and authentic perspective that ranks with VS. Naipaul and Graham Greene ... a chillingly accurate novel. " The Times. " Written with a subtle pen and a compassionate eye .