202pp., paperback, London, 2019
A novel set in 1886 in Namaqualand. A magistrate discovers that the town in run by the Cape Copper Mining Company and a Xhosa miner searches for his brother who was sent to jail.
"Karen Jennings writes with a glinting vividness that erases the years between us and the 1880s. Her modern sensibility reminds us that the plight of miners has hardly changed in the last 130 years. Meticulously researched and grippingly told, this is an intensely human story that sheds light on a neglected corner of South African history. It is literary historical fiction at its best, contributing to a growing genre of post-Marikana writing." Fiona Snyckers, author of the Trinity series
Karen Jennings was born in Cape Town in 1982. She is the author of the novel Finding Soutbek; Away from the Dead, a collection of short stories; Travels with my Father, an autobiographical novel, and the poetry collection Space Inhabited by Echoes. Currently she lives in Brazil.