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Roger King

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Born on the northern border of London. Dad worked in a factory making lightbulbs, Mum was a bookkeeper. Happy enough.

Went to universities in UK and US, ending up with a doctorate in agricultural economics

Pursued career in "international development" concurrent with writing fiction. First novel was "Horizontal Hotel," set in Nigeria, after a spell teaching rural development at Ahmadu Bello University in that country.
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Second novel, "Written on a Strangers Map" followed work in Sierra Leone, Liberia and The Gambia, and drew on the experience of becoming more personally and politically involved in these countries than was appropriate for a UN employee.
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Average rating: 3.78 · 219 ratings · 38 reviews · 5 distinct worksSimilar authors
A Girl From Zanzibar

3.45 avg rating — 123 ratings — published 2005 — 6 editions
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Love and Fatigue in America

4.16 avg rating — 92 ratings — published 2002 — 5 editions
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Sea Level

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Horizontal hotel

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 1983
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Written On a Stranger's Map

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