This is an astonishing debut novel exploring the events and the aftermath of the Boer War – forget what you think you know about British Military History, this will shine a new light on the long term effects of the Victorian efforts to keep control of South Africa.
An Observer, Financial Times and Guardian Pick for 2019
‘Powerful’ MAGGIE O’FARRELL
‘Devastating’ GARTH GREENWELL
‘Beautiful’ JOJO MOYES
‘Astonishing’ PATRICK GALE
The brilliant debut novel from the award-winning author of Maggie & Me
South Africa, 1901, the height of the second Boer War. 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. Johannesburg, 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’.
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.