Today is the 40th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising – 16 June 1976. That infamous point in history, when black school children demonstrated for the right to be taught in English, forms an integral part of my literary thriller The Peace Garden, about a young English girl who befriends a South African political exile. If you would like a ‘novel’ take on how that day 40 years ago impacted one family for three generations, this is the story for you. Click here to get the book The Peace Garden

Hector Pieterson being carried by Mbuyisa Makhubo. His sister, Antoinette Sithole, runs beside them.

The Peace GardenI’m delighted to see another 5-star review for The Peace Garden.

“This story takes a strange course – from the theft of plants in 1990, to attempted murder and assassination plots in 2001, by way of South Africa in the apartheid years. All bound together around the wonder and the challenge of growing things. Along the way, we meet some marvellous characters – all of them drawn with depth, with colour, with humour and with a deep sympathy. As events unfold the central character, Natalie, has to confront some deep issues, such as courage and justice and love and belonging. Through it, we can see her growing, and perhaps we grow a little along with her. A wonderfully well crafted book.”

It really touches me when readers time the time to write such encouraging words. Thank you. If you’ve read the book then please consider leaving a review too. And if not, well, you know what to do … ;) Check out The Peace Garden at Crafty Publishing.

36th Anniversary of Soweto Riots

fiona-veitch-smith-the-peace-gardenToday is the 36th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising – 16 June 1976. That infamous point in history, when black school children demonstrated for the right to be taught in English, forms an integral part of my literary thriller The Peace Garden about a young English girl who befriends a South African political exile. If you would like a ‘novel’ take on how that day 36 years ago impacted one family for three generations, get hold of my book. If you’re still unsure, check out the reviews. It’s an e-book and only $0.99.