"'Go ahead shoot, I thought, because I was thirteen and desperate and anything, absolutely anything, was better than the fate to which my parents were leading me.' b> or Robert Jacklin - packed off without warning to boarding school in Zimbabwe - everything is terrifyingly new. Branded an outsider from the moment he opens his mouth and unable to decode the subtle power struggles of the classroom, he longs for the safety of his old life in England. And then he meets Ivan. Clever, cunning, seductive Ivan, who offers him not only of friendship, but power. As Robert is drawn slowly into Ivan's destructive web, he begins to question things he'd always held true and, as Ivan's grip tightens, he finds himself caught up in something far more dangerous than he could have imagined."
"Honest, brave and devastating - Out of Shadows is more than just memorable. It's impossible to look away" -- Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief "Powerful...relentless...gripping" * The Times * "A provocative story, powerfully written...all the heat and intensity of an African nation in flux burns on every page" * Scotsman * "This bleak, ferocious debut is a powerful, devastating read" -- Patrick Ness * Guardian * "Terrific debut novel" * Independent on Sunday *