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We are not such things : a murder in a South African township and the search for truth and reconciliation

By: Van der Leun, Justine

0008191077 / 9780008191078
Stock expected by 29/02/2020
24 cm 528 pages : illustrations (black and white)
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A `MAKING A MURDERER' set in South Africa - a gripping true-crime story of murder and the justice system in the shadow of apartheid`Gripping, explosive . . . crafts a close sense of place that rivals the work of Katherine Boo' New York TimesIn 1993, in the final, fiery days of apartheid, a 26-year-old white American activist called Amy Biehl was murdered by a group of young black men in a township near Cape Town.

Four men were tried and convicted of the murder and sentenced to eighteen years in prison.

A few years later they had been freed. Two of the men were subsequently employed by Amy's parents to work at a charity set up in her memory.

The men grew close to the Biehls. They called them `Grandmother' and `Grandfather'. Justine van der Leun, an American writer living in South Africa, set out to tell this twenty-year story, but as she delved into the case, the prevailing narrative started to unravel.

Why didn't the eyewitness reports agree on who killed Amy Biehl?

Were the men convicted of the crime actually responsible? And could it be that another violent crime committed on the same day, in the very same area, was connected to the murder of Amy Biehl?`Beautifully written and carefully observed ...a Truman Capote-style detective story in which Van der Leun rummages for clues through the detritus of modern South Africa' Financial Times`Deeply researched and thought-provoking . . . an engaging take on a murder that might have derailed democracy' Economist


1HFM Southern Africa, 3JJP c 1945 to c 2000 (Post-war period), BTC True crime, JFFJ Social discrimination & inequality, JKV Crime & criminology

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