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The Burning Land: George Alagiah in conversation with John Simpson

Thursday 29th August 19:00 at St. James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL

George Alagiah, presenter of BBC News at Six, will be joining us to discuss his debut novel The Burning Land.

Set in the post-apartheid landgrabs of South Africa, this political thriller examines the greed and corruption that taints the optimism of a nation, where the political becomes deeply personal for former childhood friends, Lindi and Kagiso. Their beloved home country is rapidly turning into a powder keg, as nations fight for ownership of its land and resources. With the murder of one of the nation’s bright young hopes, the fuse is well and truly lit. 

Based on real events George witnessed, but was unable to report on, during his eight years as BBC correspondent for South Africa, The Burning Land deals with themes of xenophobia, environmental activism, political responsibility, and the meaning of patriotism.

BBC World Affairs Editor, John Simpson, will be chairing this discussion. John has spent all his working life at the BBC, reporting from more than 120 countries, including thirty war zones, and interviewed many world leaders.

St. James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL

Thursday 29th August 19:00

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