IF YOU READ ONE BOOK THIS WEEK
'The Book of War', by James Whyle (Jacana), R140
A BRILLIANT, unforgettable debut. Steeped in carnage, Whyle's poetic revision of the Eastern Cape's Frontier Wars grips from the outset and soaks the imagination like blood in sand. A former cabin boy, stranded in Africa, finds himself in a company of men whose mission, to test a lethal new rifle against a wily Xhosa enemy, lapses into unbelievable savagery.
Causes James Whyle Supports
Treatment Action Campaign, South Africa.