A new Boer War novel set during the siege of Ladysmith. Published January 2008. Copies
signed by the author are available now at £7 (published price £7.99) plus P&P £2.75 U.K. or
£6 overseas. Several medal related references in the book.
Manchester 1976. The oldest living Victoria Cross holder and the last survivor of three
friends who went to do their duty for Queen and Country in the Boer War collapses at a
Remembrance Sunday service. A young newspaper reporter is assigned to cover the story
and is treated to a unique first hand insight of life before and during the siege of Ladysmith
in long forgotten war fought over three quarters of a century earlier.
Natal 1899. Britain and her Empire are at war with the Boer Republics of the Transvaal and
Orange Free State. Three old school friends, Privates Charlie Browell, Walter Shawcross and
Frank Hoyland, are involved in the first armed conflict which will leave one of them the
proud recipient of Britain's highest gallantry award, the Victoria Cross.
As the 20th century beckons, this last great imperial war will have far reaching
consequences for many people including the three generations of the van Oppen family,
riding on commando in the service of the Transvaal Republic; Sarah Dyson, a volunteer
nurse who finds love among death, disease and deprivation; Ada Dunkley, matriarch of a
promonent Ladysmith family left shattered by a family tragedy; Joseph Ncube, a 15 year old
Zulu boy left disillusioned as his loyalty and courage are quickly forgotten.
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