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These Are Not Gentle People: Two murders. Forty suspects. The trial that broke a small South African town

These Are Not Gentle People: Two murders. Forty suspects. The trial that broke a small South African town (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Harding, Andrew

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Fast-paced South African true crime - the case that has defined a nation - by BBC Africa Correspondent. Since early 2016 South Africans have become gripped by a trial that has been taking place in the small town of Parys, south of Johannesburg, where are group of white farmers ar...e accused of murdering two black farmhands. The white farmers say it was a question of self-defence: the two black labourers were threatening them and their families. The black community claim that the farmhands had simply gone to the farm to ask for unpaid wages. The case is a microcosm of the racial, political and financial tensions that are increasingly worrying South Africans, but also a gripping character-driven tale of grief, fear and anger in a small-town community. The truth of what actually happened has been slippery. Andrew Harding, the BBC's Africa correspondent, lives in Johannesburg. From the moment the murders took place, Andrew has been following this case closely, interviewing everyone involved, from the accused white farmers, to the bereaved family of the black farmhands, to the female Indian magistrate, to the policemen and detectives on the trail of the truth (or not). He has sat through hours of the trial, and has put together a brilliantly kaleidoscopic picture of what might have happened, and who thinks what about it - weaving all these various points of view into an extraordinarily fast-paced work of true crime. All the dialogue is meticulously based on real interviews and yet it reads like a novel. Andrew's powers of description - of landscape, people and place - as well of his sense of a good story, are phenomenal.
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ISBN 9781529405590
Released NZ 29 Sep 2020
Publisher Quercus Publishing Plc
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781529405590
Stock Release date is 29 September 2020
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Quercus Publishing Plc
Imprint MacLehose Press
Released 29 Sep 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Harding, Andrew
Category Reportage & Collected Journalism: From C 1900 -
True Crime
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Dewey Code 364.1523096852
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Murder - Investigation - South Africa - Parys, Trials Murder - South Africa - Parys
ONIX Text General/trade