Sandstone Press

The Final Charge by Dawood Ali McCallum

RRP: £8.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781908737922
Publication Date: 16/10/2014

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The Final Charge

Dawood Ali McCallum

A charismatic African politician seeks justice for the war crime perpetrated against his father in 1950s colonial Kenya. With its widespread use of torture, internment and executions it would be easy to characterise the Mau Mau Emergency as Britain’s own little War on Terror, but the truth is far more complex.  Set against the backdrop of the deep divisions and institutionalised corruption in present day Kenya, The Final Charge explores important questions about what it means to be a minority in a society, where responsibility lies for past wrongs and who gets to decide who is condemned as a terrorist and whom lauded as a freedom fighter: themes more relevant today than ever.

Dawood Ali McCallum

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Dawood Ali McCallum has been visiting Kenya since the early 1980s. He has also been leading justice and human rights projects across Africa for the past 20 years. He has worked in police...

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Reviews

‘A gripping historical thriller.’
-The Booktrust

‘The Final Charge is a gripping study of power and corruption and a mediation on the scope and limitations of a legal system when considering war crimes.’
-New Internationalist

‘Intelligent, passionate, such a well crafted novel.’
-G F Newman

‘Revelation after revelation easily hold the reader’s attention as the story of what happened to Miles in 1954 and the reasons for his prosecution over 50 years later emerge through engaging courtroom scenes.’
-The List

‘McCallum’s in-depth knowledge of Kenyan society provides a rich backdrop for an intriguing legal drama with twists and turns aplenty, while pertinent themes on political corruption, being a minority and the question of what separates a terrorist from a freedom fighter will be sure to resonate with the 21st century reader.’
-Press Association