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The Land Agent
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 doesnt 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.
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'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