The Cleansing Of Mahommed
A cautionary tale of prejudice - and the redemptive power of soap Based on a true story, this beautifully crafted novel gives a startling insight into how the seeds of terrorism are sown. Gool Mahommed worships Allah and Lifebuoy soap. In 1914, the young Afghan returns to Broken Hill, five years after he was sent back to his homeland by his mentor, Abdullah. A camel driver and mullah, Abdullah has learned through bitter experience that the edge of the Australian outback is not the place to be a foreigner. But Mahommed won't be discouraged - he has dreams of embracing all the habits of the quintessential English gentleman and, one day, owning a prosperous submarine shipping line. Alice Mercer, born and bred in Broken Hill, yearns for a new life somewhere more exotic. When she and Mahommed first cross paths, they are immediately drawn to one another. But the prejudice of others soon causes tensions between them, not to mention the outbreak of World War I. When a series of cruel acts against Mahommed and Abdullah drives them to despair, what follows is unthinkable ...
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