by Michael Holman
This satirical story revolves around a bar in an African slum that is being pressed by lawyers for Harrods Department Store in London to change its name. The proprietor, Charity Mupanga, chose the name in honor of her own father Harrod and has a hard time understanding how a distant London company can claim exclusive rights to the name. Set in an imaginary country in Africa that shares the problems of many modern African countries, this book is full of memorable characters. The author, an experienced Africa correspondent, brings to life well-meaning but ineffectual foreign service employees, glue-sniffing orphans, self-righteous aid donors, and a long-time leader reluctant to give up power.