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EXILE CHILD (article first published : 2006-09-24)

Suzanne Franco has just published a novel titled Exile Child based on the life of Sarah Bartmann.

Torn from her South African tribe by Dutch settlers, sold as a slave, separated from her young brother, trapped in a world of debauchery and trickery, humiliated whilst living in early nineteenth century London and Paris, Sarah Bartmann clings desperately to her beliefs, to her native land and to her memories.

Exile Child is more than just a story. It is a tale of hope, of courage beyond human endurance, of the power of the human spirit, of a young woman who refuses to give in to the alien world into which she has been violently thrust.

Based on a true story, Suzanne Franco conveys the pain, heartache and inner strength of Sarah Bartmann in a way that will leave readers feeling angry at the less glorious side of South African history but also humbled by a sense of wonder at how anyone can tolerate a life of slavery without losing that most precious of human needs... hope.

Exile Child has received many favourable literary reviews from major publications. More information on www.exilechild.co.za




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