241pp., paperback, Reprint, London, (2015) 2016
Wealthy divorcee Frank McAllister is haunted by the death of his ancestor, Boer leader Piet Retief, murdered by Zulu king Dingane in 1838. When he and his family travel from London to spend time at his South African beach house, he is forced to confront the past.
"A gratifyingly unsound psychological odyssey ... Cartwright destabilizes the novel's placid surface with aftershocks of historical tragedies." The New York Times Book Review
Justin Cartwright's novels include Leading the Cheers (winner of the Whitbread Novel Award), White Lightning, The Promise of Happiness (winner of the 2005 Hawthornden Prize), Other People's Money (winner of the Spears novel of the year) and, most recently, Lion Heart. Cartwright was born in South Africa and lives in London.