North Facing reviews

This beautiful, moving novel is vast in how much it recounts and how deeply it makes us feel – Edmund White

Tony Peake’s compelling and haunting new novel makes the political personal… It is elegiac in its depiction of things half-understood, telling in its detail, and a gracefully achieved work of art made more powerful by its quite anger and understatement – Shena Mackay

This is the power of Tony Peake’s writing… it’s just heartbreaking… it’s so shocking… when the book ends you’re absolutely hanging on every word on the last pages. You don’t want it to endSue Grant-Marshall, Reading Matters, Radio Today, 02/07/2019 – review starts 35.45 minutes in

Gripping and extremely moving… Deftly written and subtly plotted… Tony Peake is in the top rank of South African writers right nowDavid Willers, LitNet, 01/07/2019

This quiet-seeming novel is well worth a readDavid Hebblethwaite, David’s Book World, 19/09/2018

Probably his finest yet – Hilary Bonner, Writers Read, 04/12/2017

An engrossing, poignant coming-of-age novel whose revelation of the purpose of Paul’s journey brought me to tears – Susan Osborne, A Life in Books, 17/11/2017

Thoroughly compelling and unexpectedly moving, North Facing is a fascinating portrait of both a childhood and a countryLuke Marlowe, TheBookbag, November 2017

A touching look at a teenage boy’s gradual comprehension of the reality of racism and politics in South Africa in the 1960sAmos Lassen

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