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In the fiery environment of an election season, with tensions stoked by an unrelenting heat wave, Danny Walker goes about the business of being a carefree boy. But when a horrific act of violence is visited on his family, his sense of innocence is shattered and his grip on reality slowly begins to fracture. 

In lean, lyrical prose - reminiscent of the work of J. M. Coetzee and Cormac McCarthy - Zimbabwean writer Ian Holding delivers a mesmerising coming-of-age tale of guilt and responsibility set within the fault lines of modern Africa.

©2018 Ian Holding (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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  • D. Clough
  • 08-21-20

Troubling times

Ian Holding writes stories set in modern Zimbabwe, a country with many tensions and undercurrents. ‘Of Beasts and Beings’ was a remarkable novel with a mythic quality worthy of J.M. Coetzee. This book, like his earlier novel 'Unfeeling, looks at traumatic events through the eyes of an adolescent boy and does it with sure instincts and great sensitivity, really probing the psyche of his characters and the bewildering world of the dwindling tribe of ‘White Africans’. There have been many successful memoirs by white writers - Peter Godwin and Alexandra Fuller spring to mind - about growing up in Rhodesia / Zimbabwe but few novels, maybe because the form is more demanding. The furrow that Holding ploughs is therefore quite distinct and unusual but I personally hope he will continue to write more. I should also say that the audio recording does the book justice, with Peter Noble really capturing the book's nuances - recommended.

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