"We will all melt like ice-cream in the sun!" - British soldier, East Africa, October 1914.
As millions were slaughtered on the Western Front, a ridiculous and little-reported campaign was waged in East Africa - a war they continued after the Armistice because no one told them to stop.
Primarily a gripping story of the men and women swept up by the passions of love and battle, William Boyd's magnificently entertaining novel also elicits the cruel futility and tragedy of it all. It is a story that balances on seesaws of innocence and violence, sanity and lunacy, hilarity and horror. But it's also a study of people caught in the side pockets of calamity that dramatizes their plights with humour, detail and grit.