The Book of War
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The British and the Xhosa have been at war for eighty years and a boy signs up in the hope of steady meals. His new commander has assembled an assortment of convicts, sailors, and drunkards from the gutters of Cape Town. They will be used to test the effectiveness of a revolutionary new weapon. More at: http://jameswhyle.blogspot.com/
"It was a sturdy mountain stallion and the chieftain sat it like one conceived and born there."

Maqoma was a Xhosa warrior. Amongst the greatest of Xhosa military commanders, he played a major part in theSixth and Eighth Xhosa Wars.

Chris Hedges: We Are All Aboard the Pequod - Chris Hedges - Truthdig

We Are All Aboard the Pequod

“There is all the different in the world between paying and being paid. or, The Whale

Sunday Times Fiction 2013 shortlist

The Sunday Times Fiction Prize shortlist has been announced at the Franschhoek Literary Festival. This year's judges have selected five novels from an initial longlist of In no particular order, the shortlist comprises:

Hope & Horror - Rian Malan interrogates The Book of War.

Hope & Horror - Rian Malan interrogates The Book of War.

The Book of War: Reaping a bloody harvest | Arts and Culture | Books | Mail & Guardian

The Book of War: Reaping a bloody harvest

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Read an exclusive extract from The Book of War in this month's edition of ColdType.

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The high grasslands.

The high grasslands.

The Book of War is Book of the Month at AfricaBookClub

By any account, to entitle a début novel “The Book of War” can seem presumptuous. Yet, the book brilliantly lives up to the promise of its ambitious name. For war is everywhere here – but not roman…

The April Edition – African Lookbook

The April Edition – African Lookbook

AL:     What is The Book of War?    JW:     It’s a novel, which Rian Malan with his tongue in his cheek called a historical romance. But in a way it is true, in the sense that Blood Meridian is a historical romance.    Interview on African Lookbook.

AL: What is The Book of War? JW: It’s a novel, which Rian Malan with his tongue in his cheek called a historical romance. But in a way it is true, in the sense that Blood Meridian is a historical romance. Interview on African Lookbook.

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