Getting Under Sail, by Brannavan Gnanalingam
Morocco to Ghana. Overland. Three New Zealanders. Armed with a guide book and stereotypes. They go being warned of danger, poverty and war by people who had never been there. They end up embroiled in a civil war — but it wasn't really anything to do with Africa. Part-travelogue, part-picaresque, and part-confessional, the novel tells the story of three friends travelling through West Africa.
The NZ Listener offered the following praise: “The narrator’s wry honesty, miles away from the usual Africa travelogue clichés, and the inherent humour of the events are both lifted by Gnanalingam’s knack for the striking image. Some thought-provoking unsentimental reflections on travel and belonging round out this unique, beguiling effort.”
About Brannavan Gnanalingam
Writer Brannavan Gnanalingam has won awards and been published in all sorts of places: the NZ Listener, the Dominion Post, the Lumiere Reader, and Salient amongst others.
Release date: May 2011