PHIL­IDA

By An­dre Brink Harvill Secker RRP $ 32.95

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BRINK has won South Africa’s big­gest lit­er­ary prize three times and his new book is based on a real woman, bought and sold by one of the au­thor’s own fore­bears. Phil­ida tells the story of a woman’s de­sire to sur­vive and be free. Set in 1832, she lodges a com­plaint against her slave owner, who has re­neged on a prom­ise to set her free. For her trou­bles, Phil­ida is bankrupted and sold to new own­ers. But she is not will­ing to ac­cept her fate. Phil­ida likes her new owner bet­ter than the pre­vi­ous one, but the fact re­mains she is still a slave. Will her quest for free­dom suc­ceed?

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