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You Will Be Safe Here
 

You Will Be Safe Here (Hardback)

By Barr, Damian

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An extraordinary debut that explores legacies of abuse, redemption, and the strength of the human spirit--from the Boer Wars in South Africa to brutal wilderness camps for teenage boys. South Africa, 1901. It is the height of the second Boer War. Sarah van der Watt and her six-ye... read full description below.

ISBN 9781635573510
Barcode 9781635573510
Published 14 May 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781635573510
ISBN-10 1635573513
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Date 14 May 2019
Publication Country
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Barr, Damian
Category Modern Fiction
Adventure / Thriller
Romantic Fiction
Historical Fiction
War Fiction
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 147mm
Height: 208mm
Spine: 28mm
Weight 454g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress South Africa, Fiction
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

An extraordinary debut that explores legacies of abuse, redemption, and the strength of the human spirit--from the Boer Wars in South Africa to brutal wilderness camps for teenage boys. South Africa, 1901. It is the height of the second Boer War. Sarah van der Watt and her six-year-old son Fred are forced from their home on Cherry Tree Farm. As the polite invaders welcome them to Bloemfontein Concentration Camp they promise Sarah and Fred that they will be safe there. 2014. Sixteen-year-old Willem is an outsider. Hoping he will become the man she wants him to be, his Ma and her boyfriend force Willem to attend the New Dawn Safari Training Camp where they are proud to make men out of boys. They promise that he will be safe there. You Will Be Safe Here is a powerful and urgent novel of two connected South African stories. Inspired by real events, it uncovers a hidden colonial history, reveals a dark contemporary secret, and explores the legacy of violence and our will to survive.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A novel concerned with single strain of human history, of how a people are made and unmade and how they go on to make and unmake others, of the stories they tell themselves to allow such things to pass. In so doing he has captured the threads of all of human history. You Will Be Safe Here is as unexpected as it is unsettling, both in the telling and in the way that telling works to reveal hidden trails through the points of light and darkness, such that the reader arrives at the end to stand before a view over one hundred years in the making and says, I see it now. --Aminatta Forna, author of HAPPINESS

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Author's Bio

Damian Barr is the author of the memoir Maggie & Me, which the Sunday Times named Memoir of the Year. He is Literary Ambassador for the Savoy in London where he hosts his Literary Salon (also carried as a podcast on British Airways and recently featured in Vanity Fair). He is Literary Editor of the Soho House group and appears regularly on BBC Radio 4. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was 2013's Stonewall Writer of the Year. He lives in Brighton, England.

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