The ShortRead of 12 August
Author: Michela Wrong
What's the story: Courtroom dramas largely fall into two categories: pop pulp, with wise-cracking legal types sticking it to 'the man', and proper courtroom dramas, like Michela Wrong's new novel.
Grappling with the thorny topic of the West's flawed history of African engagement, Borderlines follows British lawyer Paula Shackleton, an anti-heroine mourning a lost love, called to represent the African state of North Darrar in its border arbitration case at The Hague.
A finely crafted début novel, you'll gain a decent dose of education and Western guilt as you plough through this on your holiday.
Release date: 12 August
By two a.m. the glare was really beginning to bother me. African airports don’t, on the whole, go in for soft lighting, and Lira International was no exception. I didn’t need a mirror to know what I looked like in the greenish-white light given off by the fluorescent strip running the length of the ceiling: baggy-eyed, sallow, prematurely old.
(Images: Flickr/Kate Hiscock; Rex)