The author will be giving readings, answering questions and signing copies of The Land Agent at the following locations:
Wed 22 October, 7pm: Giffnock Library.
Thu 23 October, 7pm: Waterstones Argyle St, Glasgow.
Wed 29 Oct, 6.30pm: Blackwells South Bridge, Edinburgh.
The Land Agent, published on 23 October, reconnects us with the stories of the award-winning The Credit Draper and The Liberation of Celia Kahn, both of which have recently been updated by Simons and published with new covers.
Set in 1920s Palestine, this latest novel follows the story of Polish-Jewish immigrant Lev Sela who, while working as a land agent for one of the richest men in the world, stumbles upon a strategic area of land that doesn’t exist on any map. The resultant struggle for ownership involves the Jews, the Arabs, the Zionists, the British, a Russian engineer with ambitions to build a hydro-electric power station and the tribe of Bedouin living there. The dispute also draws Lev into a relationship with Celia Kahn, a beautiful Scottish pioneer living on a nearby kibbutz.
Extraordinarily, Simons pulls off the difficult task of explaining the historical context, the complex issues and the multiple players at work in the Middle East during the 1920s – all while telling a gripping tale of love and finding a home in the world.