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When Bridget Hilton-Barber got on a train to Grahamstown in 1982 to study journalism at Rhodes University, she had no idea of the brutal drama that would unfold.

A rebellious young woman, she became politically involved in anti-apartheid organisations and was caught up in the massive resistance and repression sweeping the Eastern Cape at the time. She ended up spending three months in detention without trial, and after her release discovered she had been betrayed by one of her best friends, Olivia Forsyth, who was a spy for the South African security police. 

Thirty years later, a horrific flashback triggers Bridget’s journey back to the Eastern Cape to see if she can forgive her betrayer and finally let go of the extraordinary violence she encountered in the final days of apartheid. This is her powerful story.

Paperback, 272 pages. Published December 2016.

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A truly unique perspective on a misunderstood time

An excellent read. During a recent trip to South Africa, I had the good fortune of randomly bumping into the author, prior to the release of the book. We spent an afternoon together and I can say what I saw in her then, is very accurately reflected in the book: a passionate, liberal, extrovert with true beauty in her soul.

The book itself is very compelling, I read it in one sitting. It offered me insight and a scaffolding to hang some of my unanswered questions and unprocessed feelings related to what I saw during my time in her country. This was a fascinating, albeit traumatic time in World history and I think the author does a tremendous job of capturing the zeitgeist—the ubiquitous sense of anger and apprehension that comes with living under a brutal, intolerant system; the ebullience that comes with camaraderie and a sense of purpose; the horrors of betrayal and abuse; all set against the backdrop of a country in existential crisis. I felt like I was taking a trip down the corridors of the author’s memory: opening one door, finding love, then another, and finding ghouls. I can’t recommend this book enough.
**Published on Amazon December 23, 2016**