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Philida

(2012)
A novel by

 
Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
An unforgettable story of a woman determined to find her freedom -- set in South Africa in 1830s, as slavery was about to be abolished. The masterpiece from the twice Booker-shortlisted author.

This is what it means to be a slave: that everything is decided for you from out there. You just got to listen and do as they tell you. You don't say no. You don't ask questions. You just do what they tell you. But far in the back of your head you think: One day there must come a time when you got to say for yourself: This and that I shall do, this and that I shall not.
 
Philida is the mother of four children by Francois Brink, the son of her master. The year is 1832 and the Cape is rife with rumours about the liberation of the slaves. Philida decides to risk her whole life by lodging a complaint against Francois, who has reneged on his promise to set her free.
 
His father has ordered him to marry a white woman from a prominent Cape Town family, and Philida will be sold on to owners in the harsh country up north. Unwilling to accept this fate, Philida continues to test the limits of her freedom, and with the Muslim slave Labyn she sets off on a journey across the great wilderness on the banks of the Gariep River, to the far north of Cape Town. Philida is an unforgettable story of one woman's determination to survive and be free.

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Hardback Editions

August 2013 : UK Hardback
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Title: Philida
Author(s): Andre Brink
ISBN: 1-4448-1621-7 / 978-1-4448-1621-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Charnwood
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August 2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: Philida
Author(s): Andre Brink
ISBN: 1-84655-704-6 / 978-1-84655-704-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

September 2014 : Paperback
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Title: Philida
Author(s): Andre Brink
ISBN: 233003444X / 978-2330034443
Publisher: Actes Sud Editions
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February 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Philida
Author(s): Andre Brink
ISBN: 0-09-957875-1 / 978-0-09-957875-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Philida (Vintage International)
Author(s): Andre Brink
ISBN: 0-345-80503-8 / 978-0-345-80503-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


August 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Philida
Author(s): Andre Brink
ISBN: 1-84655-705-4 / 978-1-84655-705-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

February 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Philida
Author(s): Andre Brink
ISBN: 1-4526-1128-9 / 978-1-4526-1128-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Philida
Author(s): Andre Brink
ISBN: 1-4526-4128-5 / 978-1-4526-4128-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   


February 2013 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Philida
Author(s): Andre Brink
ISBN: 1-4526-6128-6 / 978-1-4526-6128-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

February 2013 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Philida (Vintage International)
Author(s): Andre Brink
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   


July 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Philida
Author(s): Andre Brink
Publisher: Vintage Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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