More favourites from the JLS bookcase:
Tom Sharpe's The Great Pursuit is a darkly humorous tale of the publishing world. An unsigned manuscript arrives at Frensic's literary agency; the author wants total anonymity and no payment ... just publication. The book is a cinch to be the greatest scandalous bestseller of all time. There's just one hitch ... the publisher insists on an author tour or the whole deal is off.
Thomas Hoving, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, provides a fascinating and entertaining introduction to the world of art forgery in False Impressions. Tales of the great and not-so-great fakes (and some of their makers), ranging from the first century B.C. (a forgery of a sixth century B.C. piece) to the present. Educational reading should always be this much fun!
Everybody has heard of the Pharaohs and the pyramids of Egypt, but very few people are familiar with the other great African empires. Into Africa is Marq de Villiers' account of his pilgrimages to the former centres of Carthage, Almohad, Almoravid, Songhai, Mali, Ghana, Mossi, Hausa, Kanem Bornu, Ashanti, Dahomey, Oyo, Benin, Loango, Kongo, Mbundu, Luba, Lunda, Herero, Zulu, Monomotapa, Kilwa, Rwanda, Bunyoro, Banganda, Axum, and Kush. Oh, and Egypt. Not an indepth study, but a good overview of the kingdoms that were and what remains today.