It's 1981 and New Zealand is about to host the Springboks from apartheid South Africa for a national rugby tour. The well-supported protest movement pitches against a nation of die-hard rugby supporters. Despite growing public protest, the Government and Rugby Union are adamant the tour will proceed. Beth returns from London. Her World War 2 veteran father is a rugby fanatic, her brother becomes a protestor embroiled in street violence. She studies law and meets Viktor who, unknown to her, is a member of the notorious Police Red Squad. What will happen to their polarised relationship in a country where the very survival of civil order is at risk? In this fast-paced novel, the nuances and tensions of the infamous 1981 Springbok Tour are probed and laid bare.
Hold the Line: The Springbok Tour of '81, a Family, a Love Affair, a Nation at War
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- Kerry Harrison