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A stunning novel of war, from the bestselling author of Red Dust and Ice Road.

In Khartoum the trumpeters, layers of red sand glittering on their faces, are posted at each corner of the palace roof. Trapped between the desert and the Jihad, oblivious to the heat and the impending dust storm, General Gordon is waiting, hopelessly, for Wolseley's camel corps to cross the shimmering land and rescue him. He begins to hallucinate betrayals and beheadings; unwittingly he is about to touch and change lives far beyond his own including those of a London doctor, John Clark and his wife Mary, and especially the young boy from the English dockyard slums who now stands beside him, his reluctant last ally.

Biographical Notes

Born in South Africa, Gillian Slovo has written ten novels. ICE ROAD was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and RED DUST was filmed with Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor. She is the President of English PEN.

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  • ISBN: 9781844086658
  • Publication date: 07 Feb 2013
  • Page count: 352
For all that it's a beautifully drawn historical novel, the questions raised in Gillian Slovo's 1884-set novel about the colonial war in Sudan feel oddly contemporary . . . Slovo humanises the lives of people caught up in the conflict at the same time as highlighting the moral ambiguities and personal cost that warfare entails — Metro - Tina Jackson
Slovo's descriptions are stunning, the simplicity of her language conjuring images of visceral vividness. John is a terrific creation . . . His emotional awakening is complex and profound . . .
Slovo explores the essential nature of goodness . . . She is too subtle a writer to offer easy answers but, in this perceptive novel, she compels us to ask ourselves what it means to be an honourable man — Guardian - Clare Clark
A restrained and elegant novel, in parts rich and memorable — Sunday Telegraph - Toby Clements
An intelligent and gripping novel . . . triumphantly successful. Slovo's portrayal of the physical and mental hardships, even horrors, of the march is an extraordinarily fine piece of historical imagination. There is a tremendous battle scent and rich humour — Scotsman - Allan Massie
Virago

Ice Road

Virago

Black Orchids

14 Aug - to - 15 Aug
Edinburgh International Book Festival

Gillian Slovo in Edinburgh

Virago's Gillian Slovo will be appearing twice at Edinburgh Book Festival: August 14th in a reading about ethnic persecution and discrimination of Gypsy, Roma, and other traveler communities, and on August 15th to discuss her newest title, An Honourable Man.

Virago

Red Dust

Gillian Slovo

There was probably only one person who could make Sarah Barcant, successful prosecutor, leave New York and return home to Smitsrivier, the small town in South Africa she left years before. Ben. Her lawyer mentor and inspiration; the man who encouraged her to get out and know the world now needs her back, to help him with one last case, part of the Truth Commission. In the back of a van, handcuffed, Dirk Hendrickes is being driven to the police station where once he was proud to call himself deputy. Later, down the same hot,dry road, will come Alex Mpondo, alternating between cursing Dirk and feeling sick at the idea of facing him, his torturer. And in Smitsrivier: James Sizela, who has passed years waiting for the moment when the man he is certain killed his son, will be forced to tell where the body lies. The people who are about to meet their pasts will not experience the real truth-telling in the court room, at the public show. The real truth will be felt offstage...

10 Sep
Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival

Gillian Slovo at Hampstead Literary Festival

Virago's brilliant writer and Orange Prize short listed author, Gillian Slovo will be appearing at Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival to discuss her newest novel, An Honourable Man. Join Gillian along with broadcaster Sue Macgregor, as she describes the semi-mythic British hero General Gordon and explores the folly of empire through the fine grain of human experience and emotion.

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The Vanishing Point - Chapter One

It's every parent's worst nightmare - your child abducted while you look on, helpless. But five-year-old Jimmy's life is shrouded in secrets, and his mother will be forced to make the most difficult choice of her life - a choice that will affect everyone around her...

Abacus

Red Dust

Gillian Slovo

There was probably only one person who could make Sarah Barcant, successful prosecutor, leave New York and return home to Smitsrivier, the small town in South Africa she left years before. Ben. Her lawyer mentor and inspiration; the man who encouraged her to get out and know the world now needs her back, to help him with one last case, part of the Truth Commission. In the back of a van, handcuffed, Dirk Hendrickes is being driven to the police station where once he was proud to call himself deputy. Later, down the same hot,dry road, will come Alex Mpondo, alternating between cursing Dirk and feeling sick at the idea of facing him, his torturer. And in Smitsrivier: James Sizela, who has passed years waiting for the moment when the man he is certain killed his son, will be forced to tell where the body lies. The people who are about to meet their pasts will not experience the real truth-telling in the court room, at the public show. The real truth will be felt offstage...

Virago

Close Call

Gillian Slovo
An ambitious and accomplished novel. Against the backdrop of Gordon's magnificent, misguided ambitions for Khartoum, Slovo explores the essential nature of goodness.

An Honourable Man

Reviewed in The Guardian

Virago

Every Secret Thing

Virago

Apology For The Woman Writing

Jenny Diski

Gillian Slovo

Gillian Slovo (father Joe Slovo, mother Ruth First) was educated in Britain where she has spent all her adult life. Since Nelson Mandela's release she has made frequent visits to South Africa. She has written seven books.

Virago

Facade

Gillian Slovo
Virago

Catnap

Gillian Slovo
Virago

The Betrayal

Gillian Slovo

The story of Alan, a white ANC member, who is suspected by his comrades of the unthinkable; of Rebecca, the black woman the ANC choose to judge him and of Sarah, an English woman whose political curiosity and love for Alan throw her up against the secret police. By the author of Ties of Blood .

07 Mar
Swiss Cottage Library, London

Gillian Slovo event

Gillian Slovo library event

18 Mar
Bookmarks Bookshop, Spalding

Gillian Slovo event

22 Mar
Clapham Library, London

Gillian Slovo event

Gillian Slovo at Clapham Library

11 Apr
Wadhurst Library, East Sussex

Gillian Slovo event

Gillian Slovo event at Wadhurst Library

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