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“You will be safe here”: a promise twice made and twice broken in this harrowing, powerful debut novel from acclaimed author Damian Barr. Sarah is interned with her son in one of the world’s first concentration camps. A contemptuous stepfather dispatches young Willem to a brutal training camp to learn to “become a man”. Moving deftly between the Boer War and contemporary South Africa, You Will Be Safe Here illuminates hidden cruelties – past and present – to explore the heartbreaking legacy of trauma.

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