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Exile Child Based on the true life story of Sarah Bartmann

Author Name: Suzanne Franco | Format: Paperback | Genre : Biographies & Autobiographies | Other Details

Torn from her South African tribe by Dutch settlers, sold as a slave, trapped in a world of debauchery and trickery, and humiliated whilst living in early 19th century London and Paris, Sarah Bartmann clings desperately to her beliefs and the memories of her native land.

Exile Child is more than just her story. It is a tale of hope, of courage beyond human endurance, of the power of the human spirit, of a young woman who refuses to give in to the alien world into which she has been so violently thrust.

Exile Child is a historically correct and compassionate portrayal of one of South Africa’s most tragic heroines This story gives an insight into the hopes and dreams of this Sarah Bartmann, who through past centuries has come to symbolise both the dispossession of Africans and the reinstatement of women’s dignity.

This flesh-and-blood portrayal of Sarah Bartmann is in direct contrast to the caricature presented as “The Hottentot Venus,” which has been characterised by Western society for many centuries. This book follows Sarah’s final journey back to her homeland in 2002, almost two centuries later.

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Suzanne Franco

More than twenty four years have passed since the birth of democracy in South Africa and Suzanne Franco is proud and inspired by the commitment to equality and compassion of her Rainbow Nation. 

Suzanne believes our modern society will be equally inspired by true stories of, sometimes forgotten, heroines.  Uncovering real-life drama intrigues Suzanne, and historical novels provide a platform for her inspiring storytelling. “I’m passionate about bringing real characters to life in my novels. 

I believe people in today’s world will live in hope by recognising women who have sacrificed so much to have an impact on history, and therefore, humanity." Suzanne’s debut historical novel, Exile Child, received exceptional reviews from major newspapers and magazines.  Suzanne has been featured on many radio and TV shows and is often a guest motivational speaker at many South African government initiatives.