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The Undesirables

Dave Boling

While the vastly outnumbered Boer commandos fight in the field, half a million British soldiers torch a flaming path across the South African veld. As they go, the British imprison thousands of displaced Boer families, including Aletta Venter’s, and cast them into newly devised ‘concentration camps’.

In a crowded tent with her mother and siblings, Aletta finds ways to cope with the confinement, privation and loss, but searches for the rarest of comforts – a bit of adolescent normalcy, perhaps even the spark of forbidden romance. Her weapon of choice in this personal battle: a young girl’s powerful sense of hope.

A deeply moving, intimate portrait of family, friendship and love, set against the backdrop of the Second Boer War at the turn of the twentieth century, The Undesirables (the British term for those who refused to surrender) is the heart-rending yet life-affirming new novel from the top ten bestselling author of Guernica, winner of the Richard & Judy Summer Read.

Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 978144723323701
Published: 31/07/2014

Dave Boling

Dave Boling

Dave Boling’s first novel, Guernica, was an international bestseller and winner of numerous awards, including the Richard and Judy Summer Reads and Waterstones New Voices of 2009. His second novel, set in South Africa during the Anglo-Boer War, is The Undesirables. He is a career journalist and lives in Seattle, Wash.

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