South Africa’s colourful past and present are portrayed with vividness and a dose of Justin Cartwright’s trademark wit in his compelling new novel. “Up Against the Night” features Frank, a wealthy descendant of a Boer leader, who is preparing to leave the security of his life in London’s Notting Hill in order to return to Cape Town and confront his family’s history and its powerful legacy. Frank’s ancestor was an iconic Afrikaner who was murdered by Zulu King, Digane in the 1838 massacre along with hundreds of his followers. In contemporary South Africa his name, the myth of his mission and his defeat live on, but Frank suspects that something rotten lies at the centre of this family legend and as he returns to his homeland in search of the truth he becomes embroiled in a world of violence and absurdity.
We’re thrilled to welcome Justin to Mr B’s for an evening discovering South Africa, its fascinating history and the fiction that it has inspired. Justin Cartwright is a multi-award winning novelist and the author of seventeen fiction works to date including Whitbread Novel Award-winner “Leading the Cheers”, Richard and Judy’s book club choice “The Promise of Happiness” and (most importantly) our Lucinda’s favourite financial crisis inspired novel “Other People’s Money”. Justin was born in Cape Town, grew up in Johannesburg and also happens to be the descendant of a Boer leader! Join us for what is sure to be an entertaining and evocative event.
Tickets £14 each or £25 for two.
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