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  • Published: 16 April 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099558767
  • Imprint: Windmill Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99
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In the Kingdom of Men




Love, betrayal and self-discovery - Mad Men meets Revolutionary Road set in 1960s Saudia Arabia

Behind every man is a woman with a story to tell ...

When Gin McPhee’s husband Mason takes a job at the Arabian American Oil Company in Saudi Arabia, it unlocks a glamorous new lifestyle far from their humble beginnings in Oklahoma. It is a life of private clubs, dinner parties, and a houseboy at their disposal; all kept within the confines of the company compound.

But as Gin tires of the cocktails and an absent husband, the illusion of freedom is shattered, leaving boredom and curiosity for life beyond the gates - a world she soon finds is one of danger and corruption. And when a young woman is discovered dead in the bay and suspicions point to Mason, the one person she can trust is nowhere to be found.

  • Pub date: 16 April 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099558767
  • Imprint: Windmill Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Authors

Kim Barnes

Kim Barnes is the author of IN THE KINGDOM OF MEN, a novel set in 1960s Saudi Arabia. She is also the author of A COUNTRY CALLED HOME, FINDING CARUSO, and two memoirs, IN THE WILDERNESS: COMING OF AGE IN UNKNOWN COUNTRY, finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize; and HUNGRY FOR THE WORLD. She is the co-editor with Mary Clearman Blew of CIRCLE OF WOMEN: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY WESTERN WOMEN WRITERS, and with Claire Davis of KISS TOMORROW HELLO: NOTES FROM THE MIDLIFE UNDERGROUND BY TWENTY-FIVE WOMEN OVER FORTY. Her essays, stories, and poems have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including GEORGIA REVIEW, SHENANDOAH, MORE MAGAZINE, O MAGAZINE, THE NEW YORK TIMES, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. She teaches writing at the University of Idaho and lives with her husband, the poet, Robert Wrigley, on Moscow Mountain.

Rachel Joyce

Rachel Joyce is the author of the Sunday Times and international bestsellers The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Perfect, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, The Music Shop and a collection of interlinked short stories, A Snow Garden & Other Stories. Her books have been translated into thirty-six languages and two are in development for film.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Rachel was awarded the Specsavers National Book Awards ‘New Writer of the Year’ in December 2012 and shortlisted for the ‘UK Author of the Year’ 2014.

Rachel has also written over twenty original afternoon plays and adaptations of the classics for BBC Radio 4, including all the Bronte novels. She moved to writing after a long career as an actor, performing leading roles for the RSC, the National Theatre and Cheek by Jowl.

She lives with her family in Gloucestershire.


Praise for In the Kingdom of Men

“Barnes animates a magnetizing cast of cosmopolitan characters ... A veritable Mad Men of the desert, with the depth of a Graham Greene novel.”

Booklist

“A close inspection of how radically a life can be rescaled, and how quickly. With a protagonist list this, Barnes could have set her novel in a single room, and we'd keep reading.”

Boston Globe

“Drawn with skill and filled with evocative period detail ... [Gin] plumbs the depths of her new world with heart and courage.”

Seattle Times

“A real page-turner that’s also beautifully written and researched.”

Saga

“With courage and zest, Kim Barnes's novel takes an intimate look at ... the rarified and harshly beautiful world of eastern Saudi Arabia ... Within these lyrical pages is a story well worth investigating.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“If you’re looking for a break from your usual chick lit then this novel from Pulitzer Prize shortlisted author Barnes has glamour, lust money, corruption and murder.”

Heat magazine


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