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Carol Campbell Debuts with a Novel About the Karretjiemense, My Children Have Faces

Umuzi presents Carol Campbell’s My Children Have Faces, a suspenseful, moving novel about the nomadic karretjiemense of the Karoo, released this March:

My Children Have FacesKarretjiemenseIt’s been 15 years of hiding for Muis. Now, with the Karoo veld so dry, Kapok, her man, insists on pointing their donkiekarretjie to Leeu Gamka, the one place Muis never wants to see again. Miskiet is waiting for her there and is go­ing to make her pay for what she did. Little Witpop is excited. Town means she can watch TV and maybe go to school, while her brother Fansie hopes there will be more food for him and their baby sister, Sponsie. Their return unleash­es the devil and has them desperately fleeing. The police can’t help if you don’t have papers to prove that you were born. Vividly showing the invisible people of the Great Karoo, Carol Campbell’s thrilling novel brings the nomadic kar­retjiemense to life.

“This is one of the most heart-breaking stories I have read in a long, long time. On top of the sheer humanity of the tale, there is the tension which at times was almost intolerable, and I had to stop myself flicking ahead. The voices took hold of me from the beginning and then never let go.” — Mike Nicol

About the author

Carol Campbell grew up in newspapers. Her parents were journalists on The Star in Johannesburg and she worked on The Mercury in Durban and The Argus and the Cape Times in Cape Town. This book about the karretjiemense was written while she and her husband were running a petrol station in Prince Al­bert. She currently lives in Durban with her family.

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