Tracy Ann Oberman begins Damian Barr's searing debut novel, spanning 100 years of South Africa's troubled past and present. Starting in 1901, the English are coming.
Tracy Ann Oberman reads Damian Barr's blistering debut novel, spanning a 100 years of South Africa's dark past and present, from the 1901 Boer War to 2010. Inspired by real events, it explores South Africa's hidden colonial history as well as its shocking present-day darkness.
Beginning in 1901, it's the height of the second Boer War, and Sarah van der Watt and her son wait in fear for the English to arrive at their farm...
Omnibus of the first five of ten parts read by Tracy Ann Oberman.
Writer: Damian Barr is a journalist, writer and host of his own Literary Salon. His memoir, Maggie and Me, a story of surviving small-town Scotland in the Thatcher years, won the Sunday Times Memoir of the Year:
Abridger: Richard Hamilton
Producer: Justine Willett
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2019.
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