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Walk by James Whyle
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"Walk is a riveting insight into one of South Africa’s most notorious seafaring disasters, and a fascinating look into the things we'll do when desperately trying to find a way home."
The Oprah Magazine

"...things just happen, one after the other like feet walking, and the sand and salt scour away symbolism and significance until what's left is a brutal poetry of indifference, another verse of a violent song of a violent land, neither consoling nor too pessimistic. Whyle's writing... generates hard beauty."
Darrel Bristow-Bovey, TimesLive

"...the terse economy of the prose propels you into its relentless rhythm from the start... This is a remarkable piece of writing."
Jenny de Klerk, Saturday Star.

"A little gem of a book... from a significant writer with an instantly recognisable voice. Please read it."
Jenny Crwys Williams

"Five stars because I simply couldn't put it down."
Ray Hartley, GoodReads.

"This small gem deserves a place on the bookshelves of serious readers; a cherished fragment, unpretentious and incomplete, it creates an enduring set of images..."
Jane Rosenthal, Mail & Guardian.

"...transforms written history into literature... They become not just names, but characters. In short, Walk is an impeccably crafted literary masterpiece."
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Walk is the story of a journey taken on foot, a deadly perambulation down the wild coastline of Southern Africa. It started at Lambasi in northern Pondoland and it ended not far from what we now know as Port Elizabeth. It is a hike that every South African should have the privilege of taking. For the survivors of the Grosvenor, as they clambered onto the rocks in 1792, they might as well have crash landed on Mars. 

Walk takes the reader, step by step, day by day, on the castaway's horrific journey. While indisputably fiction, it steers a good deal closer to the historical truth than most nonfiction found on the shelves.

Walk is tale of suffering rivaling Aspley Cherry-Garrard's The Worst Journey in the World. It is the true story of a boy's survival in the face of impossible odds. It is a haunting parable on the meeting of Europe and Africa.
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