Ceremony of Innocence


Neem has been investigating the secretive business of the wealthy Wilcox Smiths in Bahrain. When she goes missing, presumed dead, those close to her unravel a trail that leads back to the 1970s in Tehran where Martin Wilcox Smith began his career as a diplomat. Phoebe, Martin’s enigmatic wife, is divided between her love of Neem and protecting her husband; Fauzia, Martin’s daughter-in-law, is a reporter investigating British ties to the Middle East; and Kate, Martin’s niece, is in a relationship with a Bahraini refugee who opens her eyes to Martin’s corruption; together they are on a path of discovery into their family’s secret past.

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‘This is a wonderfully original and compelling novel that puts you in mind of John le Carr�’s The Night Manager… it’s a thoughtful and sensitive literary thriller… intense, detailed and fast-paced, Ceremony of Innocence is an elegant and satisfying read’ Observer'[A] blend of English country house novel and international intrigue’ Daily Mail’A fascinating look at the entanglements of family and secrets against the backdrop of the long shadows of empire, combined with the international power politics of today’ Catherine Hall, author of The RepercussionsA Cambridge PHD student, Reem, has gone missing. Last seen in Egypt, her friend Fauzia is seeking answers. However, the trail soon leads back to the Wilcox Smith family, and questions about their shadowy wealth.Spanning decades, and traveling between the Shah’s Iran, modern Bahrain, London and the English Countryside, Ceremony of Innocence is a vivid, engrossing story of one family”s ambition and the establishment’s ruthless pursuit of power.

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Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 cm










1st paperback ed


823.92 (edition:23)


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