Forget ‘Black Friday’, Black November is the name of the climate change refugees’ liberation movement in my 2013 novel Shackleton’s Man Goes South.
The novel follows Emily and daughter Jenny, climate change refugees who arrive in South Georgia with trafficker Browning, en route to Antarctica and a reunion with husband John who has gone ahead to find work. Emily learns about Black November in a letter from John that has been smuggled from Antarctica back along the trafficking routes. ‘Sweetness, they force us to work every day,’ John writes,
They blackmail us with your lives. They think they can crush us, but we’re organised too. I know we’ll prevail by and by. Oh, Lord. I promise we’ll prevail by and by.
My darling, I have to write this quickly . . . Sweetheart, I think they may suspect . . . My darling, we’re going to proclaim a Jubilee! Remember Shackleton and his struggle to be free, and Isaiah 61 proclaiming liberty? A day of vengeance!
Patience Camp will be patient no more … Black November’s gonna be our Jubilee! Black November’s what we’ll call our Jubilee.
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‘It’s not often that fiction, a novel, genuinely manages to shock’—Read David Gullen’s review of Shackleton’s Man Goes South on Arcfinity
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