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The Sea Cave

By Alan Scholefield

A powerful novel of a South African dynasty and it’s changing fortunes…

In the aftermath of World War One, South Africa’s once thriving ostrich-feather industry has dramatically declined. Now, in the early 1920s, times are becoming increasingly hard.

So, when young, Edinburgh-born Kate Buchanan moves to South Africa and takes up employment with the Preller family on the Saxenburg estate – once the site of the wealthiest ostrich-breeders in the land – she quickly learns that nothing is what it used to be.

Amongst the fading splendour of the Preller mansion, overlooking the wreck-strewn India Reef, Kate encounters a family haunted not only by past glories – but also many mysterious, unanswered questions. What dark secret is concealed in Mrs Preller’s past? And, more importantly, what links her with Miriam Sachs, the drowned girl Kate discovers in a sea cave on the estate…

A story of a community torn by suspicion, murder, and fear, The Sea Cave is at once a dramatic family saga, romantic adventure, and gripping murder mystery.

Alan Scholefield was born in 1931 in Cape Town, South Africa. After leaving university he became a journalist and travelled widely in southern and central Africa, Europe, and America. He now lives in Hampshire with his wife and has three daughters. Most famous for his Macrae and Silver series, Scholefield has also written other novels, including Venom, which was made into a film in 1981.

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