Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson - review

Contrary to the title, this is actually a novel. And the second book in my TBR Challenge.

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.


Kailana said...

I am not sure if I would have picked this book up just going by the title. You make it sound interesting!

Aarti said...

Oh, I like odd and quirky novels with fun characters!

Maree said...

Kailana: I don't think I would have, if I hadn't already read one of Nicholas Drayson's books. Guide was really charming.

Aarti: It was such a fun read! :D

Marg said...

I read this a few years ago and loved it. I believe there is a sequel but I haven't read it yet.