The Inheritance Powder

By Hilary Standing

Literary fiction, Thriller | Paperback, eBook


Tired of life and disillusioned with his work, economist Carl Simonovsky would rather stay at home tending his beloved trilliums than work on yet another aid project pretending he knows how to solve complex dilemmas faced by poor countries. When he reluctantly finds himself in Bangladesh, dealing with a case of mass arsenic poisoning caused by a well-meant aid programme, he soon discovers that ignorance of the subject is the least of his problems. Rumours of scandal and corruption surround the international agency that hired him. When Carl meets Zafirah, the passionate leader of a local grassroots organisation and campaigner on arsenic, he realises he cannot ignore the rumours and must dig deeper. But as the two of them grow closer, it becomes clear that they are on a collision course in relation to the arsenic crisis. If their relationship is to have a future, both face painful compromises, and Carl has to make a decision that will change the course of his personal and professional life for ever.


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Tired of life and disillusioned with his work, economist Carl Simonovsky would rather stay at home tending his beloved trilliums than work on yet another aid project pretending he knows how to solve complex dilemmas faced by poor countries. When he reluctantly finds himself in Bangladesh, dealing with a case of mass arsenic poisoning caused by a well-meant aid programme, he soon discovers that ignorance of the subject is the least of his problems. Rumours of scandal and corruption surround the international agency that hired him. When Carl meets Zafirah, the passionate leader of a local grassroots organisation and campaigner on arsenic, he realises he cannot ignore the rumours and must dig deeper. But as the two of them grow closer, it becomes clear that they are on a collision course i...


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Hilary Standing has an MA in Creative Writing (with distinction) from Royal Holloway, University of London. Her first novel, The Inheritance Powder, published by RedDoor Publishing in October 2015, was inspired by her international development work and is set in Bangladesh. It centres on a real event – a mass arsenic poisoning caused by a well-meaning aid intervention that went disastrously wrong. A reviewer described The Inheritance Powder as ‘powerful and understated: a compelling debut.’ It was shortlisted for the 2014 Yeovil Literary Prize. Hilary is an emeritus professor at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. She is working on her second novel.


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Hilary Standing has an MA in Creative Writing (with distinction) from Royal Holloway, University of London. Her first novel, The Inheritance Powder, published by RedDoor Publishing in October 2015, was inspired by her international development work and is set in Bangladesh. It centres on a real event – a mass arsenic poisoning caused by a well-meaning aid intervention that went disastrously wrong....


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