International conspiracies in a riveting thriller: The murder of a student links two universities to the smuggling of Venetian Grossi coins and to academic conspiracy, with glimpses into the world of international artefact smuggling. Is the encounter between Stravros Vassilis and Delancey Storm on the exotic Greek island of Naxos purely co-incidental? And how does their relationship play out as the action moves between Greece and South Africa? Good and evil are at war within a university and, against great odds, Delancey’s doggedness to pursue the truth comes at a cost, endangering her life and pitting her against powerful enemies.
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In the 1950s a routine underground inspection in a gold mine turns into a horrifying experience for a South African mining engineer.
When wealthy, influential Frank and Lizzie Cudgill are unable to have children they adopt a boy they name Daniel. But soon, their long-awaited parental bliss turns awry when they realise there is something strange and unsettling about him. When Frank passes away suddenly from a fatal heart attack barely two months after everyone thinks his death was caused by intense grief over her loss.
Theodor, the eighty-five year old protagonist in this engaging short novel, writes of his early years in Johannesburg in the 1930s and 1940s.
The story begins as he remembers how his journey began. It ends with his arrival in the fledgling Israeli state to serve his ancient homeland as a soldier-farmer on an outlying kibbutz. But the main focus is reserved for the often funny and always ironic accounts of the childhood and youth of an intelligent Jewish boy growing up in a dusty mining town in Africa.
The world is ending. People, animals, plants – there is a universal dying-off of the planet. Rumours persist of a reprieve but none appears. Two dogs and their human companions bond, as they trace a vivid circuit in a region not dissimilar to Cape Town; they encounter the violence and decay as they travel, struggling to survive. It’s a tough passage through societies of degradation and unsettled by a war beyond the mountains that encircle them.