The Southern Cross

The Southern Cross

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Anna and Paul are bound by a love so deep and politics so dangerous, it seems nothing can come between them. But they are a mixed-race couple in the underground resistance in apartheid-riven South Africa. One evening, Paul and a comrade set off for a meeting at which they never arrive. Their butchered bodies are found on the roadside next to their burnt-out car. For Anna it is the end of the world. Nevertheless, sustained by Paul's love, she fights for justice and the truth about his murder. Ten years later the identity of Paul's killer is still a mystery, so Anna brings the case to the Truth Commission. There she encounters James Kay, a hard-bitten, cynical journalist who has a piece of information that turns her life upside-down. Anna embarks on a dangerous journey through South Africa, deep into terror, conspiracy and the mind of the man she thought she knew best in the world. Her private quest criss-crosses James Kay's personal investigation. Both discover nothing is black and white. It never was. Everything is a thousand shades of grey. SOUTHERN CROSS is at once a deeply poignant love story and an absorbing mystery.A beautifully written, many-layered tale of both grief and celebration, this is an unforgettable novel about constancy and courage in life - and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 32mm | 498.96g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752814494
  • 9780752814490

About Jann Turner

Jann Turner was born in France to South African parents, raised in the Cape and educated in Britain and the United States. An award-winning film-maker and journalist, she spent two years covering the Truth Commission for SABC TV's Special Report. She now lives in more

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MEDIA 'Turner writes with passion, eloquence, honesty - and from experience.She writes of her country with great clarity, love and awe. This is a novel told from the heart, which should be read by the widest audience.'THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE 'An incredibly absorbing and totally unforgettable novel about courage in love' WESTERN MAIL MAGAZINE, Dean Powell Jann Turner came over from Johannesburg and was interview on several radio programmes to talk about Southern Cross. National radio interviews include 'Women's Hour' BBC RADIO 4, 'Everywoman', BBC WORLD SERVICE, 'Fi Glover', BBC RADIO 5 LIVE and 'Robert Elms' BBC RADIO LONDON Jann wrote a two-page article for the April issue of EVE magazine and is now working on an article for THE GUARDIAN G2 to run shortly Jann completed widespread regional radio interviews whilst she was here including BBC MIDLANDS LATE SHOW (covering Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire,Lincolnshire, Stoke, Shropshire, Hereford and Worcester), BBC RADIO JERSEY, BBC RADIO HEREFORD & WORCESTER, BBC RADIO LEEDS and BBC THREE COUNTIES She has also been interviewed by WRITING MAGAZINE and NEWBOOKS.MAG who also featured a reviewshow more

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