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Tea at the Grand Tazi

Tea at the Grand Tazi

Author(s): Alexandra Singer

Location(s): Marrakech

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize

Runner up of the Luke Bitmead Bursary

Maia is leaving London to paint in the bright sunlight and exotic setting of Morocco. Working as an assistant to a once famous Historian, she is lured in by her new surroundings, promising excitement and, more importantly, freedom.

In the final days of a North African summer, a sense of boredom and unease pervades the city. Maia is drawn unwillingly into the ways in which the clientele of the renowned Grand Tazi pass their increasingly long, hot evenings.

As the intense heat wears down her resistance, Maia succumbs to vice. The light that she once sought becomes eclipsed by shadowy dealings. Can Maia take back control of her new life and, if so, does she even want to?

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You have perhaps been to Marrakech? You have glanced up those dimly lit aisles in the souk, smelled the horse urine in Jamaa el Fna, been hassled by the locals. It is all part...

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