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False River

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August 2013
About the book: 
“You are too close to the water,” Paul whispered. “There are barbels in the mud. They will wake up if you step on them.”
When Paul and Dominique are sent to boarding schools in Natal, their idyllic childhood on a Free State farm is over. Their parents’ leftist politics has made life impossible in the local dorp school.

Angry schoolboy Paul is a promising poet, his sister his confidant. But his literary awakening turns into a descent. He flees the oppression of South Africa, only to meet his death in London.
Dominique Botha’s poignant debut is an elegy to a rural existence and her brother – both now forever lost. The novel is based on true events.
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About the Author

Dominique Botha grew up on the farm Rietpan in the Viljoenskroon district of the Free State. She is a member of the Pirogue Collective and serves on the board of the Africa Centre and Yellowwoods Arts Trust, organisations that promote and support artistic endeavours in a broad range of fields. She earned her master’s in creative writing at Wits University. She lives in Johannesburg with her husband Adi and their four children.