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The Spectator - Books of the Year 2018, as chosen by Michela Wrong

The Spectator's 'Books of the Year' 


The Observer, Sunday 4 November, Jason Burke

'readable, rigorous and important'

Le Monde diplomatique: Books of the Month, December 2018

Gerard Prunier.

Reader reviews on Amazon - a selection.

‘A brilliant read for both those new to South Sudan and those familiar with it’ *****

 ‘Martell tells the untold story of this shattering history with compassion, sensitivity and great insight. Writing from personal experience and an extraordinary depth of research and experience, Martell brings rigour, empathy and humanity to a story the world urgently needs to hear.’ *****

‘Can't recommend this enough. Whether you only have a passing interest in African history or have staked a career on it, First Raise a Flag is a brilliant read.’ *****

‘Peter manages the near impossible with this book: an informative and deeply nuanced history of South Sudan that remains, above-all, tremendously entertaining and accessible. Having read much of the available literature on South Sudan, both in general and academic press, I can say that quite confidently that this book is one of the best out there on the topic.’ *****

‘A gripping and moving account that brings together the written and oral elements of South Sudan's troubled history.’ *****

The Interview on FRANCE24 - watch here.

Write Here...

South Sudan: what chance of peace beyond the peace deals?

The Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, LSE & Centre for African Studies, SOAS

Date: Monday 8 October 2018
Time: 6:30- 8:00 pm
Venue: LSE Campus, New Academic Building, NAB.2.06


LSE, London

Interview on Radio Miraya, South Sudan.

Launch event, Lambeth Palace, London

Launch event at Lambeth Palace.

In all good bookshops... etc etc.


Juba, South Sudan, 2011.