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Tango

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Life is suddenly looking up for William Wooding. Thirty-five, overweight, sedately employed and unhappily married, he is given the chance to escape to a new life in South America.

There he runs the English Bookshop and discovers a different kind of existence: anarchic staff, a beautiful prostitute called Theresa, intrigue at Maria's Tango Club (the local house of pleasure) and a country heading for a bloody coup. Wooding discovers that the country's young president is an old school friend and as a consequence finds himself recruited by the mysterious Mr Box of British Intelligence to investigate what is going on…

Tangois a hugely enjoyable mixture of sexual escapades, revolutionary politics, and intelligence-gathering in exotic landscapes. It confirms Alan Judd as the contemporary successor to Evelyn Waugh.

'Very entertaining…it makes you want to turn the pages. No mean achievement' Sunday Telegraph

'Well-constructed, witty and at times moving' Independent

'An enjoyable book which made me laugh out loud… Alan Judd has a real gift for satire' NewStatesman

'The breezy satirical blend of carnival and cruelty is never less than nicely judged' Observer

Photograph © Colin Bell

Alan Judd is a novelist and biographer who has previously served in the army and the Foreign Office. Chosen as one of the original twenty Best Young British Novelists, he subsequently won the Royal Society of Literature's Winifred Holtby Award, the Heinemann Award and the Guardian Fiction Award; he was also shortlisted for the Westminster Prize. He is currently the Spectator's motoring correspondent and a comment writer for the Daily Telegraph. He lives in Sussex with his wife and daughter.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (September 11, 2014)
  • Length: 400 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781471134340

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