Synopses & Reviews
When Laurence Waters arrives at his rural hospital posting in a former homeland of the new South Africa, Frank, a fellow doctor there, is instantly suspicious. Laurence is everything Frank is not - young, optimistic, and full of new schemes. The two become uneasy friends, while the rest of the meagre staff in the deserted hospital view Laurence with a mixture of awe and mistrust.
The tired, ghostly town beyond the hospital is also coping with new arrivals, and the return of old faces. The Brigadier, a self-fashioned dictator from apartheid days, is rumoured to be still alive. And down at Mama's Place, the town's only watering hole, a group of soldiers have moved in with their malign commandant, a man Frank has met before and is keen to avoid for his own dark reasons. Laurence wants to help - but in a world where the past is demanding restitution from the present, his ill-starred idealism cannot last.
From the Hardcover edition.
Laurence Waters arrives at his rural hospital posting full of optism. Frank, the disgruntled deputy, is forced to share his room with the new arrival but is determined to stay out of Laurence's ambitious schemes. When the dilapidated hospital is looted, the two men find themselves uneasy allies in a world where the past is demanding restititution from the present. The trade paperback was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2003.
Stunning literary novel which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2003 in trade paperback, and has sold over 50,000 copies to date. Captivating story of South Africa's transition, full of powerful emotions and a truly gripping plot. Will appeal to fans of J.M. Coetzee and Kazuo Ishiguro. "His sentences have such hypnotic power that once started, this novel is very hard to put down" Russell Celyn Jones, "The Times"