George Alagiah

The Burning Land

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Fri 15th May 2020 Start Time: 2:00 pm End Time: 3:00 pm

United Reformed Church


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South Africa has become a powder keg. Its precious land is being sold off to the highest bidders while the country’s corrupt elite pocket the profits. As the dreams and hopes of its people are threatened, frustration turns to violence. So runs the début novel by the writer better known as the presenter of BBC News at Six. That role follows ten years as a foreign correspondent, covering the 9/11 attacks on New York, the genocide in Rwanda, civil wars in Liberia, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone, and Nelson Mandela’s presidency. He’s won numerous awards, from The Royal Television Society and Amnesty International among others.

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