Sue says: You Will be Safe Here was one of my best books of 2019, a harrowing but rewarding read and one that taught me a lot. Set in South Africa and moving between 1901 and 2010 it is a story of discrimination, cruelty and the capacity of the human spirit to survive against all the odds.
A beautiful and heart-breaking story set in South Africa where two mothers - a century apart - must fight for their sons, unaware their fates are inextricably linked. Orange Free State, 1901. At the height of the Boer War, Sarah van der Watt and her six-year-old son Fred can only watch as the British burn their farm.
The polite invaders cart them off to Bloemfontein Concentration Camp promising you will be safe here. Johannesburg, 2010. Sixteen-year-old Willem is an outsider who just wants to be left alone with his Harry Potter books and Britney, his beloved pug.Worried he's turning out soft, his Ma and her new boyfriend send him to New Dawn Safari Camp, where they 'make men out of boys.' Guaranteed. The red earth of the veldt keeps countless secrets whether beaten by the blistering sun or stretching out beneath starlit stillness. But no secret can stay buried forever.
Author: Barr, Damian, Format: Paperback, Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Series: N/A, Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Published: 02/04/2020, Pagination: 352 pages, Classification: Fiction & related items, Country of Publication: United Kingdom