Winner of the Encore Award
In 1971 the inhabitants of Diego Garcia, a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, a place too small to find on a map and one of the last paradisical outposts of the Empire, were suddenly evicted from their homes to make way for a US military base.
A trenchant critique of modern civilization, A Lesser Dependency
movingly describes how one familyís tropical heaven became hell.
"This is polemic touched with poetry. Bensonís gift is to capture in strong visual terms the earth-based intuition of those 'dropped in the sand and tuned to the rhythms of tiny island life.' " - The Sunday Times
"The lack of adornment lends the novel the directness of a folk-tale and sharpens its sting." - The Independent
"A powerful political novel which makes its case all the more forcefully for being so restrained." - The Guardian
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