George Alagiah

The Burning Land

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Set in South Africa, this is a political thriller that charts the gap between rich and poor growing wider by the day. Precious land is being sold off in shady deals to the highest bidders. One of the country’s bright young activists is murdered, and everything could explode. George Alagiah worked extensively in South Africa, and he has put his knowledge to good use in his debut novel. Join him to hear about the contrast between the idea of a post-apartheid ‘rainbow nation’ of equal opportunities and corruption and simmering violence.

"Combining fast-paced plotting with Alagiah's deep knowledge of the region, The Burning Land addresses the moral issues at the heart of the rainbow nation" – Daily Mail

About the author: George Alagiah is a journalist of international standing with specialist knowledge of world affairs. He worked on the ground-breaking South magazine in the 1980s, spending some of that time in Zimbabwe before becoming the magazine’s Africa Editor based in London. He went on to become the BBC’s first Developing World Correspondent. As a foreign correspondent, he covered events like the Rwandan genocide and the civil wars in Somalia and Sierra Leone. This is his debut novel.

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