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Burma Boy

(2007)
(The King's Rifle)
A novel by

 
 
It's winter 1944 and the Second World War is entering its most crucial stage. A few months ago, Ali Banana was apprenticed to a whip-wielding blacksmith in his rural hometown; now he's behind enemy lines, trekking through the Burmese jungle, a private in Thunder Brigade. He is fourteen years old. Led by the scarred, charismatic Sergeant Damisa, Thunder Brigade has been given orders to go behind enemy lines and wreak havoc. But the jungle is a treacherous place, riddled with Japanese snipers, infection and disease. As torrential rains turn the landscape into a mud-riven death trap, the losses mount up, Ali's sanity falters and troubling questions arise. Who, for instance, is 'Kingi Jogi'? What does his empire stand for? And, what does it all mean for Banana, the men of Thunder Brigade and for their inspirational general? The general is history's Orde Wingate, the raw-onion-chomping, Bible-wielding maverick genius who was infamous for regaling guests in his home with accounts of great biblical military heroes while completely naked. With faultless characterisation, Biyi Bandele has taken real-life battles and historical figures and woven a story that is moving, horrific and always brilliantly executed. The story takes the reader from the jungles of Burma to a malaria-induced drunken adventure through the streets of Cairo depicting in brilliant detail historical characters, including Benito Mussolini and Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia and his own nation's fight for freedom. "Burma Boy" is a story of the adventure of war and the terrible consequences of that adventure. Biyi Bandele's novel is a meticulously researched, elegantly written tribute to the Africans who fought in the Second World War - detailing the madness, the horror, the sacrifice and the dark humour of its most vicious battleground.

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Hardback Editions

February 2008 : UK Hardback

Title: Burma Boy (Ulverscroft Large Print)
Author(s): Biyi Bandele
ISBN: 1-84782-094-8 / 978-1-84782-094-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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June 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: Burma Boy
Author(s): Biyi Bandele
ISBN: 0-224-07682-5 / 978-0-224-07682-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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Paperback Editions

March 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: The King's Rifle: A Novel
Author(s): Biyi Bandele
ISBN: 0-06-158266-2 / 978-0-06-158266-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
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June 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Burma Boy
Author(s): Biyi Bandele
ISBN: 0-09-948898-1 / 978-0-09-948898-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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June 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Burma Boy
Author(s): Biyi Bandele
ISBN: 0-224-08129-2 / 978-0-224-08129-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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Kindle Editions

July 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Burma Boy
Author(s): Biyi Bandele
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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March 2009 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The King's Rifle: A Novel
Author(s): Biyi Bandele
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
Availability: Amazon