498pp., paperback, No Place, 2020
A novel set during the struggle against apartheid, based on a gun Nelson Mandela reportedly buried at his secret hideout before he was captured and sent to prison. The gun, which has never been found, is said to have been given to Mandela by his instructor at the end of his guerilla training outside Addis Ababa in 1962.
"An epic that hews closely to the true story of the South African struggle and with the iconic Mandela as its shadowy fulcrum." Beverly Swerling, author of City of Dreams
Alix Jans was born and raised in South Africa and now lives in the USA.