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We Are Not Such Things: Murder. Justice. the Search for Truth. (Paperback)
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We Are Not Such Things: Murder. Justice. the Search for Truth. (Paperback)

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Paperback 544 Pages / Published: 29/06/2017
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A `MAKING A MURDERER' set in South Africa - a gripping true-crime story of murder and the justice system in the shadow of apartheid

In 1993 a young white American activist called Amy Biehl was brutally murdered by a group of men in a township near Cape Town. A few years later, two of the convicted murderers were working with Amy's parents at a charity set up in her memory.

After the horrors of apartheid, hope and reconciliation had triumphed.

It's an inspiring story. But is it just that - a story?

`Your next true-crime obsession' Vogue

`A Truman Capote-style detective story' Financial Times

`Gripping, explosive . . . crafts a close sense of place that rivals the work of Katherine Boo' New York Times

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008191092
Number of pages: 544
Weight: 380 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 38 mm


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`Gripping, explosive . . . crafts a close sense of place that rivals the work of Katherine Boo' New York Times

`Beautifully written and carefully observed ... a Truman Capote-style detective story in which Van der Leun rummages for clues through the detritus of modern South Africa' Financial Times

`A total page-turner, a gripping Serial-like true-crime story' Vogue

`Deeply researched and thought-provoking . . . an engaging take on a murder that might have derailed democracy' Economist

'Unforgettable. A gripping narrative that examines the messiness of truth, the illusory nature of reconciliation, the all too often false promise of justice' Boston Globe

`Extraordinary. A dense and nuanced portrait of a country whose confounding, convoluted past is never quite history' Entertainment Weekly

`Moving . . . necessary . . . A story of frustrated expectations, broken dreams, endemic greed and corruption, but also indomitable human spirit' Minneapolis Star Tribune

`A murder story told with the dramatic tension of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood and the precision of the very best non-fiction reporting. Each page bursts with fresh insights' Barbara Demick, author of Nothing to Envy

`Fascinating. Shatters convenient narratives about the end of apartheid and the nature of justice, and takes readers on a headlong chase for deeper truths' Jill Leovy, author of Ghettoside

`A book I kept returning to. Van der Leun has a compassionate but admirably clear eye' Michela Wrong, Spectator Books of the Year

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