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This trans­la­tion of best­seller Tuis­land is de­scribed as Bry­nard’s most am­bi­tious novel to date.

It’s a story rich with in­for­ma­tion, in­sight and in­trigue. Home­land was trig­gered by a real-life event – the death of a young San tracker – which took Bry­nard on a re­search jour­ney deep into the Kgala­gadi and Kala­hari where she met and in­ter­viewed the late iconic San leader Dawid Kruiper. While her own ex­pe­ri­ence as a po­lit­i­cal cor­re­spon­dent has made her a sponge for de­li­cious de­tail, she has a gift for paint­ing scenes and breath­ing life into her char­ac­ters. Dear old Cap­tain Al­ber­tus Beeslaar (fea­tured in ear­lier books Weep­ing Wa­ters and Our Fa­thers) is back and we meet, among oth­ers, the diminu­tive, slightly des­per­ate Lieu­tenant Colonel Cordelia Koekoes Men­toor, aka the ‘fiery fairy’ whom you want to both smack and weep for in equal mea­sures. There are mur­ders, San mys­ti­cism, some very con­tem­po­rary pa­tri­archy, pae­dophilia and a huge amount of ob­served wis­dom, with a wel­come dash of hu­mour. All three of

Bry­nard’s books stand alone, but read one and you’ll want more.

Au­thor: Karin Bry­nard Re­viewer: Nancy Richards Pub­lisher: Pen­guin Random

House Price: R223 ISBN: 978-1-41520-694-2

Give­away code: HOME­LAND

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