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About the book
  • Published: 18 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448137237
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

Out of Shadows

A compelling and powerful novel about a destructive friendship, the need to belong and the psychological damage adolescent boys are capable of

For 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 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.

  • Pub date: 18 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448137237
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

About the Author

Jason Wallace

Jason Wallace is related to Tolkien and a descendant of one of the first International English cricketers, and also of the world-renowned Victorian circus owner "Lord" George Sanger. He was born in Cheltenham in 1969 but moved to London after his parents split up. Aged 12 his life was turned upside down when his mother remarried and the family emigrated to Zimbabwe. It was this experience in a tough boarding school during the aftermath of the war for independence that forms the foundation of his incredible first novel, Out of Shadows. And he did actually meet Robert Mugabe when he visited his school.

Jason is currently a web designer, living in South West London with his partner and son.

Praise for Out of Shadows

“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


The Times

“A provocative story, powerfully written...all the heat and intensity of an African nation in flux burns on every page”


“This bleak, ferocious debut is a powerful, devastating read”

Patrick Ness, Guardian

“Terrific debut novel”

Independent on Sunday

“A powerful story”

Time Out



“A stunning debut novel without a false note. Accomplished and powerful, it changes the way you think”

Costa Book Awards

“Butifully written and richly evocative…highly, highly recommended”



Benjamin Evans, Sunday Telegraph

“Out of Shadows is a rewarding “Young Adult” novel which deals with weighty issues in a compelling way, tying them in to the charged and competitive arena of teenage relationships”

Alastair Mabbott, Herald

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