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Freight Dogs

Giles Foden

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Thriller / suspense, Political / legal thriller, Second World War fiction, African history

From the acclaimed author of The Last King Of Scotland, Freight Dogs explores the individual consequences of Africa's 'Great War', distilling a world-shaking conflict into the unputdownable story of one man's life.

'Every new novel by Giles Foden is something to celebrate' Paul Theroux
'An amazing and profound work, rich in memorable detail' Jay Parini
'Foden has cleverly reworked the grand African adventure novel' Aminatta Forna, Guardian
'A perceptive, compassionate history of an enormously complex conflict' Irish Times
'Sharp and fast-paced. Foden does a fine job of locating the reader in the maelstrom of this brutal period in Congo's past, taking us deep into the heart of a complex conflict' Observer

1996: in a Ugandan dive bar, the 'freight dogs' gather. An anarchic group of mercenary pilots from Texas, Russia, Kenya and Belgium who transport weapons between warring African nations, without allegiance.

And tonight they have a new recruit - Manu, a nineteen-year-old cowherd fleeing Congo's bloody war.

Taken in by this band of unlikely brothers, Manu hopes to reinvent himself. But no matter how fast he flies, trouble always seems to follow closely behind...

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Praise for Freight Dogs

  • The most original and interesting novelist of his generation - SCOTSMAN

  • Audacious, shrewd and spirited - William Boyd on THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND

  • Rich, complex and immensely satisfying . . . [Foden's] fiction is so convincing that it is hard not to feel that you are reading the real inside story - Evening Standard on ZANZIBAR

  • Foden writes of Africa with great beauty, even love; his sense of place is unerring, his details exact, felicitous, often rising to the luminosity of poetry - THE TIMES

  • A fascinating read: Wilbur Smith meets William Boyd in the warm seas and spice-scented air of Zanzibar - NEW STATESMAN on ZANZIBAR

  • Reads like an amalgam of Evelyn Waugh and Joseph Conrad - The New York Times Book Review on MIMI AND TOUTOU GO FORTH

  • Foden is a formidable storyteller. A meticulous fusion that dazzles, coming off like an exhilarating fusion of Richard Powers and John le Carre - Publishers Weekly on TURBULENCE

  • Giles Foden handles his material with the cool brilliance one would expect from the author of The Last King Of Scotland... His writing is so good that you don't doubt for a moment that what has been described did happen - Observer on TURBULENCE

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Giles Foden

Giles Foden was born in 1967 and spent much of his early life in Africa. He was educated at Cambridge University. He has worked as a barman, a builder, a journalist, an academic, and as a rapporteur for the European Commission. For ten years, he was an editor and writer on the Times Literary Supplement and the Guardian, and his writing has since been published in Granta, Vogue, Esquire, The New York Times and Conde Nast Traveller, where he is a contributing editor. His fiction includes The Last King of Scotland, Ladysmith, Zanzibar and Turbulence. The Last King of Scotland was made into an Oscar-winning feature film in 2006.

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