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'Pacy and stylish' Jeremy Vine
'It was never meant to be like this. Sabotage, yes. Propaganda, yes. All of that and more - but not this. Not murder.'
South Africa has become a powder keg. Its precious land is being sold off to the highest bidders while the country's corrupt elite pocket the profits. As the dreams and hopes of its people are threatened, frustration turns to violence. With the shocking murder of one of the country's bright young hopes, the fuse is well and truly lit.
Conflict mediator Lindi and her childhood friend Kagiso find themselves in the heart of the chaos, fighting to save themselves and their country as events are set in motion that no one - least of all they - can control.
‘A gripping tale of events spinning out of control in a country struggling to redefine itself’
‘Pacy and stylish; immensely gripping – what a read’ JEREMY VINE
‘George Alagiah manages to give us the best of both worlds: an absorbing, pacy thriller with great political depth’
‘Combining fast-paced plotting with Alagiah’s deep knowledge of the region, The Burning Land addresses the moral issues at the heart of the rainbow nation’
‘Daring, jolting, prescient’
‘A suspenseful and enlightening novel that portrays the extreme violence in the new South Africa with authority, precision of detail, and the kind of insight that makes the different factions and characters caught in the midst of the drama come vividly to life’
‘Hugely topical, harrowing, humane and beautifully-written. Don’t miss this’
‘Vividly written and masterfully constructed, Alagiah’s assured debut is full of suspense and sudden drama’
Author’s Club Best First Novel Award
‘As an insight into the machinations of life in a contemporary South Africa . . . it is a real eye-opener’