Damian Barr at Topping & Company Booksellers, St Andrews.
After the success of his award-winning and widely acclaimed memoir, Maggie & Me, Damian Barr’s debut novel is an absolute triumph.
In South Africa, at the dawn of the 20th Century, Sarah van der Watt and her son are taken from their farm by force to Bloemfontein Concentration Camp. 100 years later in Johannesburg, sixteen-year-old outsider Willem just wants to be left alone with his books and his dog; worried he’s not turning out right, his ma and her boyfriend send him to New Dawn Safari Training Camp.
Doors open: 7.40pm / Start time: 8pm
Venue: The Bookshop, 7 Greyfriars Garden, St Andrews, KY16 9HG
Ticket prices: Includes Book £16.99 This book voucher includes admission to the event and a copy of the featured book. Standard £6.00 This book voucher includes admission to the event and is fully redeemable against a copy of the featured book. Scholar £4.00 A specially reduced price for students and school pupils. Valid student ID required. This book voucher includes admission to the event and is fully redeemable against a copy of the featured book. Visit www.toppingbooks.co.uk/events/st-andrews/damian-barr-launches-you-will-be-safe-here for full terms & conditions.
‘It’s rare for a novel to go so deep that you come out of reading it a different person from when you went in. Damian Barr’s investigation of a part of South Africa’s history the British have been trying to forget for many, many years is such a book … Nothing more unusual and impressive has appeared for years’ – Diana Athill