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The Space Race

ISBN 
9781415203880
Format 
Trade Paperback
Recommended Price 
R180.00
Published 
September 2013
About the book: 
Vastrap. Our very own nuclear testing site, so far into the desert that the Russians and the Americans don’t even have a clue about it. You don’t mess with an Afrikaner, not if you don’t want to get a proper klap. 
 
An unauthorised nuclear blast beyond belief at Vastrap Airbase outside Upington not only winds up the Americans, but also launches Africa’s first spacecraft. Propelled by an engine harnessing the power of a nuclear bomb never disarmed in the eighties, the rocket leaves Earth without its pilot or crew.
 
But how did this spaceship, designed by the previous government to extend the Afrikaner’s history as a nation of pioneers, survive? And more pressingly, who’s working its joystick?
 
Small-time journalist Greg Hall sets out to uncover the details of the ship that has captured the world’s imagination. In the wreckage of the blast, he discovers a man badly burnt and almost dead. A man who has an alarming story to tell and a frightening plan of his own.
 
Funny and thrilling, The Space Race twinkles with its author’s humour and trademark irony.
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About the Author

Alex Latimer is a South African children's book author and illustrator. His first children’s book was published by Random House in the UK and Peachtree Publishers in the USA. Alex is also part of the team responsible for the cartoon The Western Nostril. He lives in Cape Town.

Alex lives near the border of a national park in Cape Town in South Africa, so when not writing or drawing, he spends his free time shooing baboons out of his lounge.

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