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You Will Be Safe Here

You Will Be Safe Here

The stunning and shocking debut novel from the award-winning author of Maggie & Me. Set in South Africa You Will Be Safe Here explores legacies of abuse, redemption and the strength of the human spirit South Africa, 1901, the height of the second Boer War. Sarah van der Watt and ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781408886090
Barcode 9781408886090
Published 17 June 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Barr, Damian
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ISBN-13 9781408886090
ISBN-10 140888609X
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date 17 June 2019
International Publication Date 4 April 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Barr, Damian
Category Modern Fiction
Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 216mm
Weight 382g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 983798

Description of this Book

The stunning and shocking debut novel from the award-winning author of Maggie & Me. Set in South Africa You Will Be Safe Here explores legacies of abuse, redemption and the strength of the human spirit South Africa, 1901, the height of the second Boer War. Sarah van der Watt and her son are taken from their farm by force to Bloemfontein Concentration Camp where, the English promise, they will be safe. Johannesburg, 2010. Sixteen-year-old outsider Willem just wants to be left alone with his books and his dog. Worried he's not turning out right, his ma and her boyfriend send him to New Dawn Safari Training Camp. Here they `make men out of boys'. Guaranteed. You Will Be Safe Here is a deeply moving novel of two connected parts. Inspired by real events, it uncovers a hidden colonial history and present-day darkness while exploring our capacity for cruelty and kindness.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Devastating and formally ingenious, it traces the paths by which historical grief engenders present violence ... A vitally brave and luminously compassionate book -- Garth Greenwell, author of 'What Belongs to You' Sweeping yet intimate, heart-breaking yet often very funny ... This book confirms Barr as one of our most brilliant and big-hearted writers -- Alex Preston It's rare for a novel to go so deep that you come out of reading it a different person from when you went in. Damian Barr's investigation of a part of South Africa's history the British have been trying to forget for many many years is such a book. It was a very brave book to write, and parts of it call for some courage to read, but nothing more unusual and impressive has appeared for years -- Diana Athill This would be an achievement for a third or fourth novel; for a first, it's an astonishing one. Barr's handling of his bravely chosen material - the conjoined shames of British and Afrikaaner history - is deft and the results will haunt you -- Patrick Gale, author of 'Take Nothing With You' Few writers can wind you with a word. But Damian Barr doesn't just do that, he tickles and then floors you, delights only to devastate, within a single phrase * Patrick Strudwick * Funny, tender, and heartbreaking ... A gifted storyteller * Independent on Sunday * Barr's writing has a lightness of touch and warm humour which makes it easy to root for him ... His life has become a triumph * Observer * Barr has a keen eye for wincingly evocative detail ... Lyrical * New Statesman *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Damian Barr is an award-winning writer and columnist. Maggie & Me, his memoir about coming of age and coming out in Thatcher's Britain, was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and Sunday Times Memoir of the Year, and won the Paddy Power Political Books 'Satire' Award and Stonewall Writer of the Year Award. Damian writes columns for the Big Issue and High Life and often appears on BBC Radio 4. He is creator and host of his own Literary Salon that premieres work from established and emerging writers. You Will Be Safe Here is his debut novel. Damian Barr lives in Brighton. @Damian_Barr

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