Jonathan Barnes

Jonathan Barnes on a Cosmopolitan Quintet of Debut Novels

  • George Makana Clark, 
  • Haley Tanner, 
  • Rahul Bhattacharya, 
  • Jamil Ahmad, 
  • Dori Ostermiller

It is October 1978 and in a ‘scorched and burning’ Rhodesian wilderness a soldier, Sergeant Gordon, is captured by guerrillas. Strapped to the bonnet of their car ‘like a game animal’, he is driven to a copper mine where he is forced into slavery. Made to toil deep beneath the earth beside a clutch of fellow prisoners in conditions so appalling as to be scarcely imaginable, he begins, haltingly at first, then with increasing confidence, to tell his story, ‘weaving together the threads of his life’.

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