“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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Damian Barr is an award-winning writer and columnist and host of a famed literary salon at the Savoy in London. His first book, Maggie & Me, was an award-winning memoir about coming of age and coming out in Thatcher's Britain. You Will Be Safe Here is his debut novel.
Sharon Davis is a four-time Walkley award winning documentary producer and journalist whose body of work in television, radio and print spans more than 25 years. Most recently she developed and produced a new podcast The Monthly Hour for Schwartz Media.