New Novel Features the Animals of Apartheid South Africa

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Author Graham Deeks explores a story of survival and camaraderie

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The events of District 6 in the apartheid era of South Africa have inspired many artists. Poetry, novels, musicals and films – such as the 2009 science fiction thriller “District 9” – explore the emotionally charged human rights issues surrounding the District 6 incident. Reimagining the historic moment in his new novel “Ratrigues and the Invisible Intelligence” (published by Trafford Publishing), Graham Deeks presents readers with the story of the animals and creatures affected by the apartheid era.

Readers follow the story of a rat named Ratrigues, a resourceful rodent who enjoys a drink now and then. After one night of indulgence in Amsterdam, Ratrigues is startled to wake up in Cape Town, South Africa. Characteristically, Ratrigues quickly finds a bar – thirsty for a quick hangover fix. Here, in the Rat & Roach bar, he befriends a clan of rats and roaches facing the unfortunate inevitability of being forced from their homes. Ratrigues joins in with their cause, helping along their journey to settle into their new homes.

Humorous, but not absurd or slapstick, “Ratrigues and the Invisible Intelligence” offers intelligent commentary on the animals – read people – who were displaced during the apartheid rule in South Africa.

“I believe that this book fills a gap which is somewhere between sensible and absurd,” says Deeks. “It is meant to be lighthearted and sometimes downright funny. You can never have too much of this sort of story.”

About the Author
Graham Deeks’ prime motivation in life is to make people laugh. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, he works as a laboratory scientist in Taumarunui, New Zealand. He and his partner, Frikki, are true animal lovers, as previously documented in his first book, “Table Mountain to Taumarunui.”

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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