Aspiring novelists are often told to write about what they know. Well, BBC broadcaster, George Alagiah has done just that with his brilliant debut novel, and we’re delighted he will be joining us at Mainstreet on Mon 26th Aug to tell us all about it.

The Burning Land is based on real events Alagiah witnessed, but was unable to report on, during his eight years as BBC correspondent for South Africa. Set in the land grabs of post-apartheid South Africa, this is a sharp and nuanced thriller with a strong female lead, dealing with themes of political activism, xenophobia, the environment, globalism and what happens when events spiral out of the control of those who sparked them.

As greed and corruption taint the optimism of a nation, the political becomes deeply personal for former childhood friends, Lindi and Kagiso. Their beloved home country, South Africa, is rapidly turning into a powder keg, as nations fight for ownership of its land and resources. With the murder of one of the nation’s bright young hopes, the fuse is well and truly lit.


‘Pacey and stylish; immensely gripping – what a read’ – Jeremy Vine

Portrait image © Jeff Overs

EVENT DATE: August 2019