Blogs in January 2020

A Darkening Stain 23rd January 2020

Bruce Medway, fixer for the great unfixed, does not see the disappearance of schoolgirls off the streets of Cotonou as any of his business. That is the domain of his ex-partner, police detective Bagado. Bruce has the more pressing...

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Blood Is Dirt 23rd January 2020

Bruce Medway, fixer and debt collector for anyone in a deeper hole than himself, has heard a few stories in his time. The one that Napier Briggs tells him is patchy, but it doesn’t exclude the vital fact that...

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Benin Light 23rd January 2020

A Richard Mariner Adventure – Benin Light, the lighthouse marker for the bay that will lead to Granville Harbour, wild and inaccessible on the western coast of Africa, is a welcome sight for Richard and Robin Mariner. Until someone...

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Show Me The Magic: Travels Round Benin By Taxi 23rd January 2020

A hilarious account of an unlikely taxi-ride through one of Africa’s most varied and fascinating countries.Annie Caulfield has written a wonderful eccentric travel book about Dahomey, now known as Benin, a country where corruption is rife and where Catholicism...

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The Viceroy of Ouidah 23rd January 2020

In 1812, Francisco Manoel da Silva, escaping a life of poverty in Brazil, sailed to the African kingdom of Dahomey, determined to make his fortune in the slave trade. Armed with nothing but an iron will, he became a...

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