A novel by the prize-winning poet and critically acclaimed author of DARIEN DOGS.
Former foreign correspondent Charles Mortimer is all washed up, living a hand-to-mouth existence in Manhattan, wondering how things could have gone so wrong for him. A chance discovery of a newspaper obituary takes him back to the beginning of his career, when he was a young, hopeful man reporting from the Sahara Desert in the company of beautiful French photographer Celeste Dumas. The two narrowly escape death by bullet, grenade, thirst and heatstroke and, ultimately, drowning. By the end of their adventure, Mortimer has begun his life as a successful, cynical journalist. Fifteen years roll by, and Mortimer finds himself again in Algeria, where he perpetrates the great error of his professional life and realizes, finally, what it was he lost so long ago in the desert wastes.
“Those in the mood for love under the stars will have nothing to complain about”
Adam Mars-Jones, Guardian
“If Graham Greene had written Scoop it might have turned out like this book”
Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph
“Shukman's prose is utterly seductive.”
“Wonderfully evocative...A gripping, melancholy and intelligent book about the failures of romanticism, about personal responsibility, and about the wrong choices”
“Sandstorm is - forgive me - gritty but romantic too, with shades of Greene but also enough originality and feel to suggest Shukman is a name to watch”