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Stephanie Keating , Barbara Keating
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2 Nov 2006
In the first years of Kenyan independence, three young women return to the East African highlands where they shared a carefree childhood. Hannah is struggling to preserve her heritage at Langani Farm, where a series of unexplained and violent attacks threaten her security and recent marriage. Sarah is studying elephant behaviour in an area made dangerous by armed poachers, using her work as a salve for the death of her childhood sweetheart. Camilla, the international fashion icon, abandons her career in London and is drawn back to Kenya by her love for a charismatic hunter and safari guide. But, there is a secret that hangs over Langani, overshadowing their efforts to establish themselves in the volatile circumstances of a new African nation. With the help of an ambitious Indian journalist , the three girls gradually uncover the truth about the murder of Sarah's fiance, and the continuing attacks on the farm and on their lives. The passions and hardships experienced by these unforgettable heroines, united again in their friendship and their love for the country of their childhood, make a magnificent, epic novel. This superb sequel to "Blood Sisters" confronts catastrophic loss and delirious happiness, savagery and degradation, limitless beauty, soaring hope and redemption.

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Harvill Secker (2 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846550173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846550171
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 15 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,221,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An epic of blood feuds, murder, betrayal, love, loss, forgiveness and redemption, this is as atmostpheric as sitting on a verandah with a gin and tonic, watching the African sunset. You'll feel a twinge of regret when there are no more pages to turn" (The Times)

"It's a good story with a lot of sub-plots... The characters are all well-developed... [but] it is the African landscape and wildlife, which made the book for me" (www.bookbag.co.uk)

"Praise for Blood Sisters: A tremendously accomplished, full-throated saga delivering romance, betrayal, murder and mayhem... the kind of book you have to read by torchlight under the bedclothes after lights out" (Daily Mail) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Following the success of Blood Sisters, A Durable Fire continues the breathtaking saga of a friendship born in 1960s Kenya. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A sequel that is as good as the original! 27 Feb 2007
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This is that rare thing - a sequel that does not disappoint! The Keating sisters have yet again managed to work together to produce a fantastic book - which follows on where the first one left off.

Again, it is a well researched insight into the history of Kenya and how its early years of independence affected three young women and their immediate families. It shows how, in their own ways, they begin to come to terms with the tragic death of someone very close to each one of them. It shows how rifts develop due to misunderstandings and lack of communication; rifts which are later dealt with.

However, the traumas are not yet finished. There is a lot more for the girls to deal with as, yet again, someone is causing problems for the farm and the lodge. As we read on, we find out the root cause of these problems and we begin to understand more of the background to the period.

This is a fantastic book, and I agree with the previous reviewer. Treat yourself, and buy the set, then curl up and enjoy!

I can't wait for them to produce another book, and envy anyone discovering these authors for the first time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another triumph for the Keating sisters 19 Nov 2006
I usually find that sequels are agreat disappointment but this book is an exception. How do you follow such a wonderful book as 'Blood Sisters'? Barbara and Stephanie Keating know just how.

Most of the story takes place in Kenya following independence.Hannah, an Afrikaans, is struggling to preserve her farm which suffers a series of attacks. Sarah, after suffering the tragic loss of her fiance is rebuilding her life as a photographer studying elephant behaviour. Camilla is a super-model with a celebrity lifestyle in London but the love of the country of her childhood keeps drawing her back.

The descriptive text puts many a travelogue to shame. it's a big book - a saga - but I could not put it down.

This is the Keating sisters' third book and each one is wonderfully entertaining. In addition to 'Blood Sisters' they have also written a marvellous book 'To my daughter in France'. Do yourself a favour and read all three.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 3 April 2008
I haven't quite finished this book yet but am deliberately taking it slowly because it is such an enjoyable read! This is the third book that I have read by these two authors and I have thoroughly enjoyed each one. Their stories keep your interest so well.Their style flows so beautifully that reading is effortless even when you think you are too tired to pick up a book. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Langani Trilogy 21 Mar 2014
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All three books in the Langani trilogy are brilliant. They will be of interest to anyone with an interest in Africa's independence struggles
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 23 Dec 2013
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This follows Blood Sisters and is every bit as exciting. When my friend has finished with it I cannot wait to read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive 13 Dec 2013
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I have now read the first two books in this series, while some of the content is upsetting and things go a little too wrong for the characters, the books are wonderful, really well written. I love all the characters and love to imagine the Kenya countryside.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic !!!!!!!! 25 Nov 2013
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Wonderful book, having spent some of my childhood in Kenya I feel I am reliving that time. Bought all three books and am on the third. Would recommend them to anyone especially if you have spent time in Kenya, memories come flooding back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic story! 24 Sep 2013
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Can't wait to read the third book!
I've read the first two and you really feel like you're there in Kenya with the main characters. Amazingly well written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 27 days ago by marion richards
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want your socks 'blown' right orft!!
This is an excellent powerful traumatic unexpected heart stirring sequel to BLOOD SISTERS every bit as shocking and you cannot put it down make sure you have the 3rd in this... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Deedeethree
3.0 out of 5 stars A jolly good read about life in Kenya in the 1960s
This is a well-written story with three female lead characters, supported by an interesting cast of family, friends and colleagues. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Thoughtful reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Just as I remember my beloved home country, I wish more people would write like Barbara Keating. I haven't finished it yet and am afraid it will be sad.
Published 13 months ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Loved this book. It was fantastic and thrilling the whole way through. I would defiantly recommend this book because its fantastic.
Published 16 months ago by RC Trading
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put it down!!!
These authors are amazing and have a way of drawing you into the lives of their characters. I can't wait to read the third book and waiting eagerly for it! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL WRITTEN
I'm so engrossed with this book and others by the Keating sisters that even my family and friends have taken to buying the books and reading for themselves as I keep going on about... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dan Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars A Durable Fire
Gruesome, shocking and heartbreaking at times but a wonderful, moving read. I couldn't put it down! The other two of the Trilogy are also wonderful. Start with Blood Sisters...
Published 19 months ago by JulieT
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