You Will Be Safe Here

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An Observer, Financial Times and Guardian Pick for 2019 A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK AT BEDTIME 'Very beautiful. Only a truly wise and kind person could write such a book' MAX PORTER 'I want you to read this ... I enjoy a lot of books bbut few stay with me like this has' PHILIPPA PERRY 'Completely gripping and profoundly moving' MAGGIE O'FARRELL 'Heart-wrenching ... A book that's redemptive and full of love' JOJO MOYES The brilliant debut novel from the award-winning author of Maggie & Me You Will Be Safe Here is a deeply moving novel of connected parts. Inspired by real events, it uncovers a hidden colonial history and present-day darkness while exploring our capacity for cruelty and kindness. 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. 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.
Damian Barr
Bloomsbury Publishing

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