Joanne Joseph’s novel, Children of Sugarcane (Jonathan Ball), tells the story of an indentured labourer who comes to South Africa from India in the late 1800s. Based on extensive research into a little-covered area of our history, it is the tale of Shanti, whose life in rural India looks bleak – and she’s lined up for an arranged marriage. She hopes that in the Colony of Natal she will escape the poverty of India, but in South Africa she discovers that life can be very hard indeed. But she also discovers the power of love and the heroism of sacrifice.
Joseph is a media personality of 20 years’ experience, and the bestselling author of Drug Muled.