Here’s what we’re reading this month …
All the Beggars Riding
By Lucy Caldwell
Published by Faber and Faber Limited, R 194
If you’ve always been intrigued by family secrets, you’ll really enjoy ‘All the Beggars Riding’.
When Lara was twelve, and her younger brother Alfie eight, their father died in a helicopter crash.
After the crash Lara and Alfie and their heartbroken mother, have to deal with the fallout of being the second family of an ultimately decent and honourable man who had a wife and two other children tucked safely away in Belfast.
Thirty years later, after her mother’s death, Lara decides to confront her past and write down her memories of an unconventional childhood. In the process she learns to understand and empathise with her mother for the very first time.
By Tony Park
Published by Quercus, R199
Natalie is ten years old when she’s kidnapped by guerrillas from her grandparents’ farm in Rhodesia. Her life is only saved when a young soldier comes to her rescue.
She returns to her homeland years later, now Zimbabwe. Caught up in the dangerous world of rhino conservation, Natalie and her family must fight to save the animals they love and themselves from the enemies that surround them.
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