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The Burning Land

Narrated by: John Macmillan
Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
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Summary

Please note: this title contains challenging themes, which some listeners might find upsetting.

It was never meant to be like this. Sabotage, yes. Propaganda, yes. All of that and more - but not this. Not murder.

As greed and corruption taint the optimism of a nation, the political becomes deeply personal for former childhood friends Lindi and Kagiso. 

Their beloved home country, South Africa, is rapidly turning into a powder keg, as nations fight for ownership of its land and resources. With the murder of one of the nation’s bright young hopes, the fuse is well and truly lit. 

As the hunt for his killer intensifies, Lindi and Kagiso come together to protect the land and people they love, even as events are set in motion that no one - least of all they - can control.

©2018 Geroge Alagiah (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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  • Anthony
  • Sydney, Australia
  • 18-08-19

Unsettling fictional South African story

Troubling, insightful, insight to corruption and violence in post-apartheid South Africa. The interweaving of personal and political cuts close to the bone and reveals the multi-faceted challenges of transforming South Africa. The range of perspectives on what is acceptable personal or political action is laid bare against the challenges of promoting equity within a neoliberal and corrupt system. Depressingly and distressingly well conceived and written.

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Thank you, George, I understand a little more!<br />

I first worked as a volunteer Careers Adviser in Langa High School, in Cape Flats, in 2006. I was totally shell-- shockeded by the experience, not simply the poverty in the township or chaos in the school. It was the social attitudes and prejudices of the different races and classes that I found so difficult to understand. This book has helped me to understand a little better. Our NPO, Eyethu Careers Point, is now in the process of changing so that it aims not only to provide employability workshops for SA's disadvantaged youth, but to campaign for socio-economic justice. Thank you so much, George. I hope you are now in recover.

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  • Ellie
  • Rickmansworth, UK
  • 21-08-19

Reminiscent of Alan Paton

The best SA novel I have read since Cry the Beloved Country. Powerful, evocative and raw. The story is compelling and the writing exceptional. I hope George Alagiah has more to come!

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Great Book

Really enjoyed this ‘story’. Being a South African living in UK I found it interesting. We moved countries in 1986 so a lot of what is mentioned in here was an insight. My brother’s family actually lived in Ponte in the late 70’s early 80’s so could picture where it was referring to. Also being familiar with most of the places mentioned made it even more real to me. Thank you George Alagiah for a great story.

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A topical, emotive, gripping and sometimes funny story about principles, friendship, strugel and the brutality of betrayal. the characters were well rounded and believable. The narration was on point and the story telling simultaneously intimate and universal. Written with a true insider perspective. I was left wanting more when it ended.

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ACCURATE INFORMATION ABOUT SOUTH AFRICA

I chose this audio book because I am South African but have lived in Italy for 35 years thus an accurate report, in the form of a novel really intriqued me. The information I have verified and found it to be sadly true. I did not, however finish the book. I abandonded it 30 minutes before the end owing to the flow of foul language!! This too is probably exactly how certain people speak. The writer is a jouralist and the style is sharp and interesting.