Toby Green is a writer and historian of West Africa. He has written numerous books, and his work has been translated into 12 languages. He has contributed to journals including the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Independent, the London Review of Books, and Prospect, and his previous novel Imaginary Crimes was published by Mkuki na Nyota in 2013. He has given public lectures on aspects of West African history in Brazil, France, Portugal, Senegal, The Gambia, and the USA; and has chaired public events with figures including the Bissau-Guinean musician Manecas Costa, the Mozambican novelist Luis Bernardo Honwana, and the Senegalese historian Boubacar Barry. He is Lecturer in Lusophone African History and Culture at King's College London.