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Dancing the Death Drill


ISBN: 9781909762534

Publication date: February 9, 2017

Price: 8.99

Formats available: PB. ebook

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Paris, 1958. An Algerian waiter at the famous restaurant La Tour d’Argent is convicted of the murder of two customers. As he is awaiting trial, his long-time friend Jerry Moloto helps an opportunistic and ambitious journalist build a case to defend him.

Through Jerry’s testimony the reader discovers that the waiter is actually Pitso Motaung, a mixed race South African drafted to fight in the First World War. He is also one of the few remaining survivors of the SS Mendi tragedy, which saw the formidable warship sink off the coast of the Isle of Wight, killing 646 people, including many black South African soldiers. So how did a brave soldier become a criminal and will Pitso’s name be cleared before it is too late?

Commemorating the 100th year anniversary of the sinking of the SS Mendi, Dancing the Death Drill is a timely novel about life and the many challenges it throws our way.

COVER REVEAL for Dancing the Death Drill

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Fred Khumalo has taken to social media to reveal the two covers for his new novel Dancing the Death Drill. The novel is being published by Jacaranda Books in the UK in association with Penguin Random House South Africa and the author has revealed how the two publishers have packaged his novel, showing a clear synergy between the two houses and a unified vision.

Click here to read more about the reveal on Books Live SA


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Bev B.: Fred, I don’t know how, but you made this very personal, page-turning, gripping, and unique. I loved every word.

Frank F.: When the proverbial fat lady sang, Fred Khumalo created for the reader an everlasting image of defiance in the face of death. Pitso’s story, however, doesn’t end with the ship’s.

Moira de S.: While the accuracy is excellent, it is the human drama of the book that makes it so readable.

Brian J.: Even though it is fiction, Dancing the Death Drill is a worthy addition to the little known narrative of the SS Mendi. It is well written and you will find it hard to put down. It would make a dramatic movie.

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  1. I will lo to have this historical book

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