On a late November afternoon Saleh Omar arrives at Gatwick Airport from Zanzibar, a far away island in the Indian Ocean.
With him he has a small bag in which there lies his most precious possession - a mahogany box containing incense.
He used to own a furniture shop, have a house and be a husband and father.
Now he is an asylum seeker from paradise; silence his only protection.
Meanwhile Latif Mahmud, someone intimately connected with Saleh's past, lives quietly alone in his London flat.
When Saleh and Latif meet in an English seaside town, a story is unravelled.
It is a story of love and betrayal, of seduction and of possession, and of a people desperately trying to find stability amidst the maelstrom of their times.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 08/07/2002
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780747557852