Corruption, assassination, extinction – Find out more Peter Hain’s new novel The Elephant Conspiracy
The Elephant Conspiracy by Peter Hain will be published in November by Jonathan Ball Publishers.
‘Confirms Peter Hain’s reputation as a brilliant writer of fiction … I heartily recommend this book which within a dramatic tale successfully combines the exploration of the reality of today’s South Africa and outstanding issues for the island of Ireland.’ – Bob Newland, Morning Star
In the South African veld elephants are being callously killed for their valuable tusks by vicious poaching gangs as part of a high-level political conspiracy. The stakes are high: rescuing a young democracy, bringing the poachers to justice and saving the elephant herds from extinction.
Leading the fight is the Veteran, a seasoned anti-apartheid freedom fighter and his young activist protégé Thandi, with ranger Mkhize and the mysterious Sniper alongside. As they fight to save the animals, they confront ruthless killers, wholesale money-laundering and political corruption.
‘Lifts the lid on the ongoing threat to the endangered species.’ – Daily Telegraph on the Rhino Conspiracy
‘Tense, unflinching and viscerally evocative.’ – Sarah Sultoon
‘A gripping page-turner.’ – Marisa McGlinchey
‘Fascinating, riveting, authentic.’ – Luthando Dziba
About the author
Peter Hain was born in South Africa. His parents were forced into exile, in the UK, in 1966. He led the Anti-Apartheid Movement and the Anti-Nazi League during the 1970s and ’80s. Hain was the Labour MP for Neath 1991–2015 and a senior minister for 12 years in Tony Blair and Gordon Brown’s governments. He chaired the UN Security Council, and negotiated international Treaties curbing nuclear proliferation and banning the trade in blood diamonds. He is a member of the House of Lords.
Hain has written or edited 21 books – including Mandela (2010), memoirs Outside In (2012) and most recently Pretoria Boy (2021). His thriller, The Rhino Conspiracy, was published to great acclaim in 2020.