Fire on the Mountain

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'Burns with a fierce intensity. Passions are ignited and family dynamics laid bare. A triumph.' Paul Burston

'This book surprises, turn after compulsive turn. ' Melanie Finn

When NGO worker Nick drops unexpectedly into the lives of Pieter and Sara Lisson, he feels he has found the parents he never had. Nick is enraptured by their lives of splendour and acclaim as much as the stirring setting of the African city where they live, but he soon senses a secret at the heart of his new family.

Nick then meets Riaan, the Lissons’ son, and so begins an intense connection that threatens to erupt into a relationship neither had ever considered. In the shadow of the Brandberg, the glowing mountain that stands at the heart of the desert, Nick will discover that his passion for Riaan is not the only fire which threatens his newfound home. 

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‘This is a remarkable and beautiful book [its] power is through its realism and its subtlety’ Bookbag

'Sharp and evocative' Times Literary

'Stunningly written' New York Times

'Completely absorbing, eminently readable...' Daily Mail

'A formidable novel ... The writing is searing and fierce, even the most minutely explored character has a complexity that allows for empathy' Read and Review blog

'Gives you time to think and appreciate the lyrical quality of the writing and the unique landscapes' Madhouse Family Reviews

'A complex, mesmerising read ... McNeil has created so authentic a narrative that the reader becomes utterly immersed ... a triumph of a book' Linda's Book bag


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‘Nice part of town,’ the taxi driver said, as soon as I gave him the address. I couldn’t read the tone in his voice - envy, rue, contempt. Perhaps all three.

  We began the long ascent of the mountain. I craned my neck to look at the city beneath us. I could see where I had come from now, the wide-mouthed harbour flanked by half-finished highways. This was where I’d been marooned for days. Some of the overhead flyways simply stopped abruptly halfway along the roadway, like the highest platform in a diving pool. From up here the gigantic Chinese container ships and oil rigs looked so much smaller. I allowed my eye to skate over the ship, but even so my heart lurched as its green hull flashed at me in the mid-day sun.

 We kept ascending, so quickly my ears popped. I could smell jasmine and frangipani through the car windows. We wound through tree-darkened avenues. The houses expanded with each metre climbed until they were full-blown palaces. Finally the taxi delivered me to a sandstone-coloured structure perched on the side of the mountain. It looked like a house you might find in a Dutch village, adapted for life in the subtropics. 

  ‘I didn’t know it was possible to live this far up,’ I said to the taxi driver.
 
  ‘It is if you’ve got enough money.’ I buzzed the gate and spoke to a woman’s voice - Sara, I supposed. The gate slid open and we glided up the drive, so steep it felt like being in a funicular. Stout plants clambered over the terraced levels on either side of the driveway; they were spiky and bulbous at the same time, with avid, rubbery leaves.

  A blond woman with jade green eyes descended the steps to the house. She seemed to float; her sense of ownership was that complete. She was long-legged, dressed in white trousers and a sand-coloured blouse. 

  ‘Pieter is out running,’ Sara said, as she gave me her hand. ‘He’s training for the marathon.’

  ‘Oh.’ I nearly said, but I thought he was a writer. I’d never pictured a writer running a marathon.

  ‘Come in, let me get you some coffee.’

Sujets

Livres
Littérature
Littérature sentimentale
E book
Out of africa
LOVE
Best sellers
HOT
Metatextualidad
HEAT
Libro electrónico
Classic book
E-book
Sense
Somatosensory system
Importance
Literature
Desert
Sense of Place
Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony
Book club
Non Fiction (song)
Bomani Armah
GoodBooks
Talking Books
Animalistic
Damon Galgut
Jean McNeil
Brandberg Mountain
Fire Mountain
Homophobia
Books on Tape
Sense of place
The Shadow of the Wind
Book cover
Intensity
Bookselling
List of best-selling books
Big Book
White privilege
Books-A-Million
Brokeback Mountain
Exotic
Cross-cultural
Homoeroticism
LGBT culture
Books on tape
Audiobook
Lyrical
Passion (emotion)
Science book
Volunteering
Authenticity
Fire on the Mountain
Literary fiction
Online shopping
Love in the Time of Cholera
Fantasy literature
Sex in film
Modern history
Plot twist
Evocation
Men who have sex with men
Foe
Great Books
List of deserts
Scramble for Africa
The Generation Game
Cookbook
Paperback
Lists of books
World Book Encyclopedia
Picture book
Linguistic description
Children's literature
Eroticism
Multiculturalism
Writer
Leopard
Zambia
Racism
Non-fiction
Namibia
English
Colonialism
Comic book
Author
Apartheid
L'Étranger
Moving
Picture Book
The Visitors
Nonfiction
Summer
The New York Times
Forbidden
Death in the Family
Asylum
Livre électronique
Forbidden Love
Family
The Stranger
Contemporary
Hot
Dutch
Isolation
Emotional
Passion
Classics
Taboo
Romance
Love
Black Books
Obermodern-Zutzendorf
Novel
Heat
Out of Africa
Gay
Violence
Intensité
Ernest Hemingway
LGBT
J. M. Coetzee
Afrikaans

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Date de parution 15 février 2018
Nombre de lectures 0
EAN13 9781787199996
Langue English

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