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Out of Shadows

By (author) Jason Wallace

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'If I stood you in front of a man, pressed a gun into your palm and told you to squeeze the trigger, would you do it?' 'No, sir, no way!' 'What if I then told you we'd gone back in time and his name was Adolf Hitler? Would you do it then?' Zimbabwe, 1980s The war is over, independence has been won and Robert Mugabe has come to power offering hope, land and freedom to black Africans. It is the end of the Old Way and the start of a promising new era. For Robert Jacklin, it's all new: new continent, new country, new school. And very quickly he learns that for some of his classmates, the sound of guns is still loud, and their battles rage on ...white boys who want their old country back, not this new black African government. Boys like Ivan. Clever, cunning Ivan. For him, there is still one last battle to fight, and he's taking it right to the very top.

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 20mm | 240.4g
  • 01 Mar 2010
  • Andersen Press Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 1849390487
  • 9781849390484
  • 46,331

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Jason Wallace is related to Tolkein and a descendent of one of the first International English cricketers, and also of the world-renowned Victorian circus owner "Lord" George Sanger. He was born in Cheltenham in 1969 but moved to London after his parents split up. Aged 12 his life was turned upside down when his mother remarried and the family emigrated to Zimbabwe. It was this experience in a tough boarding school during the aftermath of the war for independence that forms the foundation of his incredible novel. And he did actually meet Robert Mugabe when he visited his school. Jason is currently a web designer, living in South West London. Writing is his hobby and this is his brilliant debut novel.

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"A stunning debut novel without a false note. Accomplished and powerful, it changes the way you think." Costa Book Award "(Out of Shadows is) a provocative story, powerfully written. Some may find the themes difficult, the climax shocking, but Wallace has produced a first novel where all the heat and intensity of an African nation in flux burns on every page. He's a definitely a writer to watch in the future." -- Keith Gray The Scotsman "An extraordinary coming-of-age novel ... a startlingly original debut ... Charting the change from childhood to adulthood against growing political discord gives the novel a sense of urgency, and the book's intensity, drama and pace leaves a lasting impact." -- Jake Hope Bookseller's choice, The Bookseller "A memorable, moving and disturbing coming-of-age story." -- Julia Eccleshare Lovereading4kids "Excellent. (Out of Shadows is) the latest lacerating addition to the boarding-school-as-living-hell genre...read on if you have the courage. The author attended a similar establishment at the age of 12, and gives every indication of knowing exactly what he is writing about." -- Nick Tucker Independent on Sunday

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Honest, brave and devastating

"Honest, brave and devastating. Out of Shadows is more than just memorable. It's impossible to look away" - MARKUS ZUSAK, author of The Book Thiefshow more
by Jason Wallace