by James Hendry (Macmillan) ISBN: 978-1-77010-130-2 R180, 00
A Year in the Wild will make you smile, laugh and cry.
Beautifully written, the story of two brothers, Angus and Hugh MacNaughton, is set to become a South African bestseller. James Hendry has written a Spud for grown-ups. Angus and Hugh loathe each other. Their parents have somehow managed to get them to work together for a year at Sasekile, a private game reserve.
The eclectic, hilarious and somehow believable cast of characters is revealed through emails the brothers send to their sister, Julia. The two boys become men in the African wilderness. They learn to be responsible and accountable, to stand up for what they believe in, and to compromise when they should. They both find love. And there is a heart-breaking lesson in loss.
Hendry has penned a truly funny debut novel. It is the perfect gift for your sister, brother, father, mother, aunt, uncle - or any family member you may have. Give it to someone you care about. They will love the book. Highly recommended.