by Marcus Low Read profile


Published 15th April 2019

Barry James is detained in a quarantine facility in the blistering heat of the Great Karoo. Here he exists in two worlds: the unforgiving reality of his incarceration and the lyrical landscapes of his dreams.

He has cut all ties with his previous life, his health is failing, and he has given up all hope. All he has to cling to are the meanderings of his restless mind, the daily round of pills and the journals he reluctantly keeps as testimony to a life once lived.

And then there’s an opportunity to escape. 

'The most credible – and therefore the most disturbing – dystopian novel I had ever read' Sunday Times (SA)

‘A searing vision of an all-too-possible world... a profound and wholly original voice.’ Henrietta Rose-Innes, author of Green Lion and Nineveh

‘A forceful and engaging tale that brilliantly blends the real and imagined world and is full of sparkling inventions. This page-turner is bound to be the talk of book circles.’ Niq Mhlongo

'Thought-provoking, alluring and sensitively written... a new thrilling talent' Cape Times