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You Will Be Safe Here
'This is a book that tilts the world' STYLIST 'A gripping, heartbreaking tale of uncomfortable histories and the resilience of love' GRAHAM NORTON 'I want you to read this ... I enjoy a lot of books but few stay with me like this has' PHILIPPA PERRY 'Completely gripping and profo... read full description below.
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'This is a book that tilts the world' STYLIST 'A gripping, heartbreaking tale of uncomfortable histories and the resilience of love' GRAHAM NORTON 'I want you to read this ... I enjoy a lot of books but few stay with me like this has' PHILIPPA PERRY 'Completely gripping and profoundly moving' MAGGIE O'FARRELL 'Very beautiful. Only a truly wise and kind person could write such a book' MAX PORTER 'Heart-wrenching ... redemptive and full of love' JOJO MOYES A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK AT BEDTIME An OBSERVER, FINANCIAL TIMES and GUARDIAN Pick for 2019 The book that will change the way you see the world. 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. 1901. The height of the second Boer War in South Africa. 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.
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||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
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