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These Are Not Gentle People Reviews

These Are Not Gentle People by Andrew Harding

These Are Not Gentle People: As heard on BBC R4 as "BLOOD LANDS"

Andrew Harding

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1 review

Imprint: MacLehose Press
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Publication date: 6 Feb 2020
ISBN: 9781529405583

Two dead men. Forty suspects. The trial that broke a small South African town - by BBC Africa Correspondent

4 stars out of 5
Alec Russell
25 Sep 2020

"The compelling story of a small-town trial exposes some painful truths"

At its heart, Harding’s is a vintage crime story. His narrative is of the tortuous and flawed investigation and trial, which only reached its close in May this year. It is an extraordinary tale in its own right. Harding introduces us to a kaleidoscopic cast of characters: defence lawyers, prosecutors, magistrates, police, activists and farmers. They are neither caricatures nor archetypes. They are all confronting the same dilemmas shared by people everywhere, every day over family, career, ambition, loyalty and more — only in South Africa they take place against a backdrop of a poisoned history, entrenched racism, populist politics and murderous crime.