Anthills of the Savannah
Oxford, Heinemann Educational Books Ltd. 1988.
Paperback reprint; 8vo; original card covers. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Gilbert [Phelps] who started me off with thanks, Chinua, March 4, 89". Gilbert Phelps (1925-1993). Phelps, a published novelist and broadcaster, was head of the Staff Training Department at the BBC in London, when Achebe, working for the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation arrived in 1957. He told Phelps "that he too wanted to be a novelist and produced an immense manuscript in a suitcase. Gilbert read it and told him he had not one novel, but six. Achebe duly carved shorter novels from it, the first being Things Fall Apart. The rest of his great trilogy followed - all from the material in the suitcase" (Obituary, Independent, 30 June 1993). Near fine, a little creased with Gil & Kay Phelps bookplate to inside of froint cover.