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Giles Foden Zanzibar (Faber, September, &#163;14.99, 0571205127).</p><p>
Giles Foden, deputy literary editor of the Guardian, has managed to combine both critical acclaim and a place on the bestseller lists with his first two historical novels set in Africa, where he spent his childhood. Now with Zanzibar, which explores the embassy bombings carried out by al-Quaeda in East Africa in 1998, he has written what he describes as a "contemporary historical novel".</p><p>
"I was in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar in 1998 when the bombs went off, and decided that I would write a novel about it. I...

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