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The Land Agent

  • RRP: £8.99 (print) / £6.99 (ebook)
  • Format: Paperback
  • Extent: 240 pages
  • ISBN: 9781908643964
  • Ebook ISBN: 9781908643773
  • Genres: Fiction, Literary fiction
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  • Publication date: June 4, 2015

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Working as a land agent for one of the richest men in the world, Polish-Jewish immigrant Lev Sela stumbles upon a strategic area of land that doesn’t exist on any map. The resultant struggle for ownership involves the Jews, Arabs, Zionists, British, a Russian engineer with ambitions to build a hydro-electric power station and the local Bedouin. The dispute also draws Lev into a relationship with a beautiful Scottish pioneer living on a nearby kibbutz.
Touching on issues of identity, idealism, displacement, community, alcoholism, socialism and feminism, The Land Agent is the third title in J. David Simons’ Scottish-Jewish magnum opus, the Glasgow to Galilee loose trilogy, which follows his award-winning novels The Credit Draper and The Liberation of Celia Kahn.

REVIEWS OF The Land Agent

'An historical novel big on romance and contemporary relevance.' - Michael Goldfarb

"Bernard Malamud meets Hilary Mantel… This is succinct, thoroughly absorbing storytelling, which casts… light on the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A timely, terrific novel by a writer at the very top of his game." - David Belbin

'“A bold new voice in fiction.'” -– Rodge Glass

'A beautifully-made historical novel. In its fast-moving and accessible storytelling, in its emotional punch, and in its brilliantly-realised evocation of a time and place.”' - Booktrust Read more


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The Land Agent

About the author

J. David Simons

J. David Simons is Scotland’s pre-eminent Jewish writer. He lived on a kibbutz in Israel in the ’70s and is the author of four novels, short stories and essays. The Credit Draper was shortlisted for the McKitterick Prize and he has received bursaries and writing fellowships from three prestigious organisations.