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By Giles Foden

From the writer of the Whitbread Award—winning The final King of Scotland, comes a spellbinding story of a city lower than siege in colonial Africa and a tender lady who reveals love and freedom in the middle of a devastating war.

The 12 months is 1899, and the South African city of Ladysmith is surrounded by means of Boer forces. For 4 lengthy months bread is thickened with laundry starch and soldier’s horses are killed for meat; day-by-day bombings break houses and companies, forcing the town’s population into tunnels and makeshift shelters; and squaddies and townspeople alike are hideously wounded by means of flying shrapnel. because the global she is familiar with collapses round her, Bella Kiernan unearths the braveness to flee from conference, to insurgent opposed to the political forces that threaten her place of origin and to pursue her life’s maximum romance. Ladysmith is an impressive love tale, a vibrant portrait of warfare, and transparent affirmation of Giles Foden’s status as a formidably proficient novelist.

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