You Will Be Safe Here (Paperback)
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You Will Be Safe Here (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages
Published: 02/04/2020
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An Observer, Guardian, Financial Times, Sunday Times South Africa, Irish Times, Irish Independent, Big Issue and Strong Words Pick of the Year An Irish Times and The Times Summer Reading Pick Shortlisted for the Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year Award Shortlisted for the London Magazine Debut Fiction Prize 2020 Longlisted for HWA Debut Crown 2020 'Beautifully written and emotionally devastating' Daily Mail A beautiful and heart-breaking story set in South Africa where two mothers - a century apart - must fight for their sons, unaware their fates are inextricably linked. Orange Free State, 1901. At the height of the Boer War, Sarah van der Watt and her six-year-old son Fred can only watch as the British burn their farm. The polite invaders cart them off to Bloemfontein Concentration Camp promising you will be safe here. Johannesburg, 2010. Sixteen-year-old Willem is an outsider who just wants to be left alone with his Harry Potter books and Britney, his beloved pug. Worried he's turning out soft, his Ma and her new boyfriend send him to New Dawn Safari Camp, where they 'make men out of boys.' Guaranteed. The red earth of the veldt keeps countless secrets whether beaten by the blistering sun or stretching out beneath starlit stillness. But no secret can stay buried forever.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408886052
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 255 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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“Hidden history....”

A few books bring me a total sense of loss and despair; this is one of them interconnected and parallel stories from the Boer Wars in South Africa tell of incredibly brutal camps for teenage boys in modern South... More

Hardback edition
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“A powerful, chilling read”

British writer and journalist Damian Barr’s first novel takes in over a hundred years of South African history beginning with the Boer War where a “scorched earth” policy led to those unwilling to sign a pledge of... More

Hardback edition
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“Man's inhumanity - and the power of human dignity”

'You will be Safe Here' opens with teenage Willem being taken, much against his will, by his mother and step-father to a New Dawn camp, designed to 'toughen him up a bit'. Willem's story does... More

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