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Stones for My Father by Trilby Kent
  

Stones for My Father

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Stones for my Father follows Coraline Roux through the darkest days of the Anglo-Boer War: from the sacking of her family's farm, to a trek across the battle-scarred Transvaal, to internment in a British concentration camp. Scattered throughout are moments of quiet beauty, including a figure of hope who emerges in the form of a Canadian soldier.

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Stones for My Father by Trilby Kent

Corlie Roux's farm life in South Africa is not easy: the Transvaal is beautiful, but it is also a harsh place where the heat can be so intense that even raindrops sizzle. When her beloved father dies, she is left with a mother who is as devoted to her sons as she is cruel to her daughter. Despite this, Corlie finds comfort in her friend, Sipho, and in Africa itself and in the stories she creates for her brothers. But Corlie's world is about to vanish: the British are invading and driving Boer families like hers from their farms. Some escape into the bush to fight the enemy. The unlucky ones are rounded up and sent to internment camps. Will Corlie's strength and devotion to her country sustain her through the suffering and misery she finds in the camp at Kroonstad? That may depend on a soldier from faraway Canada and on inner resources Corlie never dreamed she had -

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PRAISE FOR STONES FOR MY FATHER

The more prominent review media seem to have completely missed this gem from a Canadian-Brit. In quickly evocative prose, Kent creates an immediate and scintillating [story]. Kent has a keen craft and understands her audience, and the U.S. children's literature world would do well to start paying her more attention. --BayViews .. . This book is particularly unique ... its human rather than historical elements are what make this thread of the story the most compelling element in Stones for my Father. As is so often the case with historical fiction, the relationships, rather than the history, are what bring the tale to life; Kent performs this trick with impressive dexterity. --Recommended, CM Magazine .. . The descriptions of time and place in the novel are mostly strong and the language vivid ... [an] entertaining story. Corlie is an excellent role model, and many young readers will be able to relate to her trials. --


About the Author

Trilby Kent studied at Oxford and the LSE and worked for a time in the rare books department of a London auction house. She has written for the Canadian and British national press and in 2010 was shortlisted in the Guardian's International Development Journalism Competition. She is the author of two novels for children and is currently pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at Exeter University. She lives in London.

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Publication date

19th January 2012

Author

Trilby Kent

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Publisher

Alma Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
184 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Romantic Fiction
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ISBN

9781846881749

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