Boy on the Wire
A tragic fall in the Karoo in which one of his brothers dies and the other loses all memory of the day changes the life of young John Hyde irrevocably. In London many years later, the reappearance of his remaining brother disrupts the delicate life John has built, and brings an unsettling recollection of the events that ripped their family apart. Pulled back to South Africa in spite of himself, John returns to the home he grew up in to face a past that haunts him.
In language pulled so tightly it sings, Alastair Bruce’s Boy on the Wire is an elegy to our fragile memory and the lives entangled in it.
Wall of Days
In a world all but drowned, a man called Bran has been living on an island for ten years. He was sent there in exile by those whose leader he was, and he tallies on the wall of his cave the days as they pass. Until the day when something happens that kindles in Bran such memories and longing that he persuades himself to return, even if it means execution. His reception is so unexpected, so mystifying that he casts about unsure of what is real and what imaginary. Only the friendship of a child consoles him as he retraces the terrible deeds for which he is answerable, and as he tries to reach back, over his biggest betrayal, to the one he loved. Wall of Days is a moving parable about guilt, loss and remembering.