Troubador Despite the Darkness

Released: 28/08/2019

ISBN: 9781838590567

eISBN: 9781838599317

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Despite the Darkness


It is 1985, South Africa is rapidly becoming ungovernable and a State of Emergency has been declared. Hope for a peaceful end to apartheid can still be found, but it has dwindled to a flickering candle flame in the encroaching darkness…

A knock on the door at midnight; a student on the run from the Special Branch looking for a safe house and transport to the border; a bomb exploding outside the Supreme Court and killing an old man – all come together to confront Cameron Beaumont, a History lecturer under constant surveillance by the security police and subject to regular death threats, with a crisis. How should he respond – torn as he is between his desire to play his part in the struggle against the vicious oppression of apartheid and his need to protect his wife, Jules, and the children he adores? And the death threats turn out to be just the beginning.

Despite The Darkness is interesting and unique. I found the story slow at times, but it's not an entirely slow narrative at all. The characters are complex and engaging. Overall, it's a good read, but I don't think I'm the right reader for it.

by Jamie

There's much to admire: clear prose, well-paced, believable characters, with insights into dilemmas faced by activists in South Africa in that period.

by Dick Hunter

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