(Cape Town, 1899. Diamond tycoon Cecil Rhodes believes tha...)
Cape Town, 1899. Diamond tycoon Cecil Rhodes believes that he has only months to live and that the only thing that can save him is the sound of English birdsong. He recruits Francis Wills to transport 200 birds to Cape Town, but on arrival the birds refuse to sing. This is but the first obstacle for Wills, who finds himself irresistibly drawn to intrigue, in a country on the brink of war.
(The Boer War is razing South Africa to the ground. In the...)
The Boer War is razing South Africa to the ground. In the midst of these horrors are three women fighting for love, survival and justice: Sarah, an angelically beautiful nurse from England; Louise, her madcap friend; and the dynamic campaigner, Emily Hobhouse. As their dramas unfold, so too does the history of the war - the events that turned what was intended to be a quick annexation of the Boers into a protracted, savage conflict. In this compelling novel, with its unforgettable characters, Ann Harries brings South Africa's colonial past vividly alive.
It is unknown, where Ann Harries received her education.
South Africa-born novelist Ann Harries has written two novels that take place in her native land and are based on turbulent historical events. Harries published her debut novel, The Sound of the Gora, in 1980. Using two story lines, Harries incorporates two of South Africa’s most dramatic events: the beginning of the imperialist era in 1800 and the children’s riots of 1976.
It was nearly twenty years before Harries published her follow-up novel, Manly Pursuits (1999), which is set in Cape Town and Oxford just before the Boer War. Both works were widely lauded by literary critics.
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Ann Harries runs an education charity for disadvantaged black students in Cape Town. She has always shown an interest in the condition of South Africa’s children, both black and white. Because she taught at various "non-white" schools, Harries was able to understand the plight and prejudice facing the country’s black children.
Ann Harries is divorced and has a daughter, Sophie Brown.