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In the fiery environment of an election season, with tensions stoked by an unrelenting heatwave, 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 mesmerizing coming-of-age tale of guilt and responsibility set within the fault-lines of modern Africa.


Ian Holding’s critically acclaimed debut novel, Unfeeling, was published in 2005, shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2006 and named a Best Book of the Year by The Globe and Mail newspapers. This was followed by Of Beasts and Beings in 2010. He has twice been a Fellow of the Hawthornden Literary Institute and holds a PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand.