Having achieved much acclaim and being hailed as one of  Penguin’s most respected authors, Marguerite Poland has successfully mastered writing for both children and adults. 
Margeurite has colloborated with the artist Leigh Voigt and Professor David Hammond-Tooke, Poland wrote the highly acclaimed The Abundant Herds: a Celebration of the Nguni Cattle of the Zulu People, based on her doctoral thesis. 

ANNOUNCING TYHE RELEASE OF - THE KEEPER by MARGEURITE POLAND
The publishers describe this book as follows ...
'The Keeper tells the story of Hannes Harker, the island’s senior lighthouse keeper and his young wife, Aletta, destined for one of the loneliest and most confined postings in the service. Here they are forced to challenge and confront the three ‘commandments’ implicit in the lives of those who serve the island: never leave the light, never fall and never cross the line.
 

For Hannes, a keeper’s son himself, the posting to the island initiates a pilgrimage to concealed childhood memories. His fascination with the ‘light’ is intimately bound to his distant, autocratic father, the defection of his brother and the secrecy surrounding the tragic death of his mother. But for the wildly spirited and guilt-haunted Aletta, also born into the lighthouse tradition, the island brings frightening isolation before it does enlightenment. Thrust into a struggle against the desolating hold of the light, both Hannes and Aletta need to transcend the rigid requirements of an existence that denies the grace of compassion and the value of community.'
 
Margeurite is a well loved novelist in South Africa, having already published Shades, Recessional for Grace, and Taken Captive by Birds.
I know that I have been intrigued by the sound of this novel and I look forward to hopefully reviewing it for you in the near future.

AVAILABLE IN BOOK STORES FROM SEPTEMBER 2014

For more info:
www.penguinbooks.co.za



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