Ven­ture into the mys­te­ri­ous world of the congo river

Saturday Star - - L I F E S T Y L E - A TREE FOR THE BIRDS A HONEYBEE HEART HAS FIVE OPEN­INGS THE LAST PALACE

Ver­non RL Head Ja­cana

IN 2014, the au­thor took the book world by storm with his hit, The Search for the Rarest Bird in the World, a sell-out suc­cess. This time around we ven­ture deep into the mys­te­ri­ous world of the Congo River, the Great Danc­ing Road.

We meet Chris­nelt, a young Con­golese boy who grows into man­hood shaped by the huge leaves held in the branches of trop­i­cal forests, while bat­tling a rav­aged world of greed and death.

A novel of pro­found beauty, this pow­er­ful story at the edge of damna­tion por­trays a re­flec­tion of us, through the eyes of a bird­watcher, who sees wings fly like es­cap­ing leaves on streams of eter­nal wa­ter and air for all. He­len Jukes Scrib­ner

HE­LEN Jukes feels trapped in an ur­ban grind of of­fice pol­i­tics and tem­po­rary ad­dresses – dis­con­nected, stressed. Strug­gling to set­tle into her lat­est job and home in Ox­ford, she re­alises she needs a change to cre­ate a mean­ing­ful life for her­self. Friends give her a colony of hon­ey­bees and He­len em­barks on a year of bee-keep­ing. As she grap­ples with her role in the del­i­cate, awein­spir­ing ecosys­tem of the hive, the very act of bee-keep­ing seems to open up new per­spec­tives, deepen friend­ships old and new and make her world come alive.

A beau­ti­fully wrought med­i­ta­tion on re­spon­si­bil­ity and care, on vul­ner­a­bil­ity and trust, on forg­ing bonds and break­ing new ground. Nor­man Eisen Head­line Book Pub­lish­ing

WHEN Nor­man

Eisen moved into the US am­bas­sador’s res­i­dence in Prague, he re­turned to the land his mother fled af­ter the Holo­caust. In the palace he dis­cov­ered swastikas painted in­side the fur­ni­ture. It sparked a com­pelling story about the re­mark­able peo­ple who had lived in the house.

The Jewish fi­nan­cial baron who built the palace; the con­flicted Nazi gen­eral who put his life at risk for the house; the post­war US am­bas­sador strug­gling to save the palace and Prague from com­mu­nist hands; and Eisen’s own mother, whose life demon­strates how those with­out power and priv­i­lege moved through his­tory. A book that re­veals how we never live far from the past.

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