The Burning Land (Hardback)George Alagiah (author)
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BBC newsreader Alagiah brings his natural authority and wealth of current affairs experience to this gripping, pacy thriller about corruption and homicide in South Africa. The depth of characterisation and political nuance add weight and credibility to a skillfully woven narrative that exudes just as much compassion as it does excitement.
'It was never meant to be like this. Sabotage, yes. Propaganda, yes. All of that and more - but not this. Not murder.'
South Africa has become a powder keg. Its precious land is being sold off to the highest bidders while the country's corrupt elite pocket the profits. As the dreams and hopes of its people are threatened, frustration turns to violence. With the shocking murder of one of the country's bright young hopes, the fuse is well and truly lit. When conflict mediator Lindi returns home to the country of her birth she is reunited with her childhood friend Kagiso. Suddenly the professional becomes deeply personal and they find themselves at the heart of the chaos. They have just days to save themselves and the country they love, even as events are set in motion that no one, least of all they, can control.
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 504 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 27 mm
'Daring, jolting, prescient.' - Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh
'George Alagiah manages to give us the best of both worlds: an absorbing, pacy thriller with great political depth.' - Tahmima Anam
'A suspenseful and enlightening novel that portrays the extreme violence in the new South Africa with authority, precision of detail, and the kind of insight that makes the different factions and characters caught in the midst of the drama come vividly to life.' - Sheila Kohler
'Pacy and stylish; immensely gripping - what a read.' - Jeremy Vine
'Praise for George Alagiah: Courageous, controversial, compassionate.' - Daily Mail
'The emphatic authority that George Alagiah has brought to his reports from Africa for BBC News is just as strong a component of his book.' - The Times
'Without rhetoric or rancour, his eloquent book places these issues in their true context, and frames some of the major moral questions of our time.' - Independent
'An optimistic book suffused with Alagiah's outraged humanity.' - Observer
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