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Ian Holding is a white 26-year-old schoolteacher in Harare, where he continues to live, work and write. The events in this novel are based on what happened to a pupil in his school.
The events in this novel are based on what happened to a pupil of the author and knowing that makes it even more frightening than if it were imagined. It is the tale of a 16-year old white boy in Zimbabwe revenging the horrific slaughter of his parents. Harrowing, powerful and unforgettable.Similar this month: None but try Ben Elton.Comparison: Andre Brink, J M Coetzee, Doris Lessing.
In the fiery environment of an election season, with tensions stoked by an unrelenting heatwave, Danny Walker goes about the business of being a carefree boy. But when a horrific act of violence is visited on his family, his sense of innocence is shattered and his grip on reality slowly begins to fracture. In lean, lyrical prose - reminiscent of the work of J.M. Coetzee and Cormac McCarthy - Zimbabwean writer Ian Holding delivers a mesmerising coming-of-age tale of guilt and responsibility set within the fault-lines of modern Africa.