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Heaven Forbid

by Christopher Hope

A deceptively simple but powerful novel, seen through the eyes of five year old Martin Donally in post war South Africa. A read of enormous contrast that helps you to appreciate happy family life on the one hand and the very sinister political situation on the other.

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'You MacBrides like shouting the odds. You don't like what's real. Show you what's real and you run in the other direction. Your father writes himself off - but he's a hero. Your granddad goes to Curzon. He thinks it's the coming Jo'burg, when anyone can see it's just a one-horse dorp. He buys the Grange Hotel - it ruins him. He backs Smuts - Smuts gets thrashed. Your uncle Matt takes on the Nats in Boksburg - he gets hammered. And do you care? Not a damn. You just sale on regardless.'

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
 

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