Alastair Hazell spent his childhood in Malawi during the early 1960s. The country had been founded as a protectorate by Christian missionaries in the early nineteenth century as a bulwark against slave traders, and even in the nineteen seventies, the dhows built by the slavers were still being used to sail across Lake Malawi. Following university Alastair spent ten years living and traveling in East and Central Africa, before taking up a career in financial information in London. In 2002 he retired, and decided to research the origins of those inland dhows and the people who built them. The Last Slave Market is his first book.
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