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By William Boyd

"Rich in personality and incident, An Ice-Cream War fulfills the ambition of the historic novel at its best."
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"Boyd has greater than fulfilled the intense promise of [his] first novel. . . . he's able not just of a few very humorous satire but in addition of seriousness and compassion." —Michiko Kakutani, The manhattan Times

1914. In a resort room in German East Africa, American farmer Walter Smith desires of Theodore Roosevelt. As he sleeps, a railway passenger swats at flies, regretting her choice to come back to the darkish Continent—and to her husband. On a far off English riverbank, a jealous Felix Cobb watches his brother swim, and curses his sister-in-law-to-be. And within the heritage of the world's day-by-day chatter: rumors of an Anglo-German clash, the likes of which not anyone has ever seen.

In An Ice-Cream War, William Boyd brilliantly conjures up the non-public dramas of a iteration upswept through the winds of struggle. After his German neighbor burns his crops—with an apology and a smile—Walter Smith takes up hands on behalf of significant Britain. And while Felix's brother marches off to safeguard British East Africa, he pursues, opposed to his larger judgment, a forbidden love affair. because the sons of the realm fit wits and guns on a continent millions of miles from domestic, desperation makes bedfellows of enemies and traitors of family and friends. via turns comedian and quietly clever, An Ice-Cream War deftly renders lives capsized through violence, probability, and the irrepressible human potential for love.

"Funny, guaranteed, and cleanly, expansively informed, a seriocomic romp. Boyd provides us reports of individuals stuck within the aspect wallet of calamity and dramatizes their plights with humor, element and grit." —Harper's

"Boyd has crafted a quiet, seamless prose within which tale and characters movement without problems out of a fertile mind's eye. . . . The reader emerges deeply moved." —Newsday

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This kind of dynamic chart was first developed, in its most effective form, in popular music, where ‘number one’ is so valuable a property that unscrupulous impresarios have been prepared to bribe outlets with payola to get it. So too, from time to time, have publishers in the US been suspected of storming those outlets used to compile the lists with suborned purchasers. Increasingly, publishers are willing to buy premium display places on shop floors (or web store sites), and discount savagely, less to sell copies than to get the title into the top ten, or 20, or 50.

Since, as a World War I nurse in 1916, she wrote (while on short leave) The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920), Christie’s scores of detective stories have sold, at rough calculation, two billion copies worldwide (she is, for example, the best-ever-selling novelist in France, outdoing even Georges Simenon). Her novels still sell – year in, year out – in their millions. The Guinness Book of Records nominates her as the bestselling (the very bestselling) novelist ever. The Case of Christie (to adapt the favourite title formula of one of her disciples, Ellery Queen) highlights a crux in the use of 36 the term ‘bestseller’.

Hobson in Gentleman’s Agreement (#1 novel in 1947; ‘a banned book, a number one title, 45 The American bestseller Stowe’s was also the first American novel to be a runaway bestseller in Britain, levelling up cross-Atlantic inequities a (very) little. The London publisher, George Smith, was gratified, on his journey to work, to perceive all six people in his first-class carriage reading his (pirated) edition of Stowe’s novel. It was some consolation for the wholesale Yankee pirating of his Jane Eyre, five years earlier.

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