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Stunning, a revelation,
This review is from: Valentine Grey (Hardcover)
I went to hear Sandi at a LitFest event because I love her as a comedian, and had no idea that she's a brilliant novelist as well. She could easily be 'literary' but instead she chooses an immediate, unpretentious story-telling style which rollicks along. I was enjoying it hugely until... until it got to South Africa and the Boer War. Then I was gripped in a vice. Page after ghastly page, I lived it all with Valentine, the woman-man turned man-woman, who experiences everything from both perspectives.
This truly is the forgotten war: I was vaguely aware that we Brits had invented the Concentration Camp there, but otherwise I'd just heard little clips like 'died of enteric at Bloemfontein'. War fiction usually makes me feel sick - I was a wimp and skipped chunks of Birdsong, for instance - but this held me against all the odds; it was a revelation. And Reggie's story had me weeping. From hilarious theatrical fun and parties with his glorious lover Frank right through to the (very, very) bitter end, it broke my heart. An absolutely stunning novel.
Sorry to reach for a cliche - it's a must-read.