Why this book?
I fully support the theme of this novel, the moral imperative of fighting injustice even when the odds are overwhelmingly against you, even when it is not officially your job.
In this thriller novel, an ordinary man discovers that the murder of his activist wife is somehow connected to a sinister conspiracy involving the global pharmaceutical industry. He is a simple man whose main passion in life is gardening, yet his moral outrage compels him to undertake an investigation for which he has no training or expertise.
I admire this character’s courage in the face of adversity, his perseverance in the face of futility. In today’s world, where behemoth bureaucracies, both governmental and corporate, have become way too powerful and unanswerable, the book’s message is more important than ever. No matter how small and powerless you feel, you don’t have a right to surrender. You are obliged to fight the good fight, even when you know you can’t win.
The Constant Gardener
Why should I read it?
5 authors picked The Constant Gardener as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
'The book breathes life, anger and excitement' Observer
Tessa Quayle, a brilliant and beautiful young social activist, has been found brutally murdered by Lake Turkana in Nairobi. The rumours are that she was faithless, careless, but her husband Justin, a reserved, garden-loving British diplomat, refuses to believe them. As he sets out to discover what really happened to Tessa, he unearths a conspiracy more disturbing, and more deadly, than he could ever have imagined.
A blistering expose of global corruption, The Constant Gardener is also the moving portrayal of a man searching for justice for the woman he has barely…