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One of the most recognisable faces from the BBC News team joins us to talk about his new novel, a sharp and nuanced thriller set in the land grabs of post-apartheid South Africa. The Burning Land is based on real events Alagiah witnessed but was unable to report on during his eight years as BBC correspondent for South Africa and deals with themes of political activism, xenophobia, the environment, globalism and what happens when events spiral out of the control of those who sparked them.
George Alagiah is presenter of BBC 1’s News at Six, Britain’s most watched news programme. That role followed ten years as a foreign correspondent, covering the 9/11 attacks on New York, the genocide in Rwanda, civil wars in Liberia, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone, and Nelson Mandela’s presidency. He has won numerous awards and an OBE for services to journalism.
George Alagiah (photo: Jeff Overs)