Wednesday, February 5, 2014
A Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson - review
I read Confessing a Murder by Nicholas Drayson a few years ago, and it was an odd, quirky but memorable novel
Guide is much the same.
Every Tuesday, Mr Malik takes part in a weekly bird walk, sponsored by the East African Ornithological Society. He's in love with the woman who leads the walks, which leads Mr Malik - an honourable, quiet man - into a very strange competition.
Guide reminds me a little bit of The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency in its quirks and charms, which Drayson balances nicely with very human details and shading.
There are also hints of P G Wodehouse in the competition at Mr Malik's club, which is reminiscent of Wodehouse's golf stories.
It's a short novel, but it's definitely a charmer.