Held Up

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Headline, Jul 19, 2012 - Fiction - 251 pages
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How far do you go to rescue your child? Paul van Niekirk, a successful white South African is held up at gun-point when driving his new BMW. He's dragged out and his abductor drives off in his car. It's an everyday car jacking. Except his nine-month old daughter is in the back seat. As a pacifist, Paul is reluctant to carry a gun, but he descends into the heart of darkness of his country determined to find his child. He uncovers a criminal gang involved in people trafficking and discovers in himself a capacity for violence. When the trail goes cold, he is on the verge of losing everything but finds redemption in the most unlikely circumstances. Moving from the enclaves of Johannesburg's northern suburbs to the throbbing heart of Soweto's informal settlements, Paul is forced to confront the changing political and social landscape of the new South Africa, questioning his own values as his perfect life crumbles around him.

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During these times of economic recession I would guess a publisher has to be pretty confident of publishing a new writer in order to get a decent return on the initial investment. And so I approached ... Read full review

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An absolutely brilliant book. Will recommend to my book-loving friends to read.
Style of writing is....lyrical is the word that best describes it for me although maybe not the correct word.
depicts how he as a father, husband and man changes from the typical South African guy with an almost perfect lifestyle to a man who 'finds' himself in great crisis and adapts accordingly.
Loved this book... hope there are more to follow.

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About the author (2012)

Christopher Radmann is from South Africa, but has lived in the UK for the last twelve years. He is currently Head of Sixth Form and Head of English at a boarding school in Hampshire, England, where he lives with his wife and two children. Based loosely on personal experience and that of friends and family, HELD UP is his first novel.

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