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An Act of Defiance
Forthcoming, March 19, 2020
How do you imagine the future when your story traps you in the past?
Harare, 2000. Gabrielle is a newly-qualified lawyer, fighting for justice for a young girl. Ben is an urbane and charismatic junior diplomat, attached to Harare with the American embassy. With high-level pressure on Gabrielle to drop her case, and Robert Mugabe’s youth wing terrorising his political opponents as he tightens his grip on power, they begin a tentative love affair. But when both fall victim to a shocking attack, their lives splinter across continents and their stories diverge, forcing Gabrielle on a painful journey towards self-realisation.
Irene Sabatini, Winner of the 2010 Orange Award for New Writers, has written an unforgettable novel about love, agency, motherhood and bravery, showing how the dehumanising effects of political violence can shape and remake a life.
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The Boy Next Door: A Novel
" "Two days after I turned 14 the son of our neighbour set his stepmother alight", begins one of the most engaging novels about inter-racial love to be published this century." - Amanda Craig - The Independent
"Immediately engaging, vivid and buzzing with energy, The Boy Next Door is the work of a true storyteller... Irene Sabatini has written an important book that will enchant readers and which marks the emergence of a serious new talent.” - Di Spiers - Editor of Readings at BBC Radio 4 - Chair of Judges, 2010 Orange Award for New Writers
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Peace and Conflict
"In this, her second novel, [Irene Sabatini] has produced another fictional dynamo, 10-year-old Roberto, who narrates with such charm it’s hard not to fall in love with him." - Bernardine Evaristo - The Guardian
"[Peace and Conflict] generates a complex lens from the childlike proximity of small, mundane things and the distant horrors of Mugabe's dictatorship. - Cameron Woodhead - The Sydney Morning Herald