A Case of Exploding Mangoes

Author(s): Mohammed Hanif


There is an ancient saying that when lovers fall out, a plane goes down. This is the story of one such plane. Why did a Hercules C130, the world's sturdiest plane, carrying Pakistan's military dictator General Zia ul Haq, go down on 17 August, 1988? Was it because of: 1.Mechanical failure 2.Human error 3.The CIA's impatience 4.A blind woman's curse 5.Generals not happy with their pension plans 6.The mango season Or could it be your narrator, Ali Shigri? Teasing, provocative, and very, very funny, Mohammed Hanif's debut novel takes one of the subcontinent's enduring mysteries and out if it spins a tale as rich and colourful as a beggar's dream. Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Novel and shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2008.


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A superb debut novel centred around the assassination of the Pakistani dictator General Zia.

Winner of Commonwealth Writer's Prize Best First Book Eurasia 2009 and Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best First Book 2009. Shortlisted for Guardian First Book Award 2008.

Mohammed Hanif was born in Okara, Pakistan, in 1965. He graduated from Pakistan Air Force Academy as Pilot Officer, but subsequently left to pursue a career in journalism. He has written plays for the stage and BBC radio, and his film The Long Night has been shown at film festivals around the world. He is a graduate of UEA's creative writing programme. He is currently head of the BBC's Urdu Service and lives in London.

General Fields

  • : 9780099516743
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : Vintage
  • : May 2009
  • : 196mm X 131mm X 20mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Mohammed Hanif
  • : Paperback
  • : 5-Sep
  • : English
  • : 823.92
  • : very good
  • : 304