The Rights of Desire by Andre Brink

The Rights of Desire

Andre Brink

Set against the backdrop of the new South Africa, an aging widower is haunted by his memories, his conscience, his young lodger and the household ghost. An atmospheric tale of obsession and generational difference.


I returned to the front door and went out on the stoep, down the garden path. The cool knife was slowly assuming the warmth of my body. There was an uncanny luminosity in the moonless night. I looked down at the dark spike protuding from my hand. Is this a dagger I see before me? This, my friend Zach, is a knell that summons thee to heaven or to hell.

  • In the Heart of the Country by J M Coetzee
  • The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy

Books with similar mood


Andrew O'Hagan

Undiscovered Country

Christina Koning

Pears on a Willow Tree

Leslie Pietrzyk

Give Us This Day

Jonathan Tulloch

The Cairo House

Samia Serageldin

Crow Lake

Mary Lawson

The Main Cages

Philip Marsden

The Broken Places

Susan Perabo

Dancing to Almendra

Mayra Montero

The Tea Lords

Hella S Haasse

The Cookbook Collector

Allegra Goodman

In the Falling Snow

Caryl Phillips

After River

Donna Milner

Girls in Trouble

Caroline Leavitt

In Clara's Hands

Joseph Olshan


Colum McCann

Derby Day

D J Taylor

Before I Forget

Andre Brink

Eve Green

Susan Fletcher

Fifty Days

Sarah Quigley

Becoming Strangers

Louise Dean

The Seven Sisters

Margaret Drabble

Ancient Promises

Jaishree Misra

A Son of War

Melvyn Bragg

Secrets of the Sea

Nicholas Shakespeare

This Time the Flames

David Crackanthorpe

The Golden Door

Kerry Jamieson

A Ship Made of Paper

Scott Spencer

To My Daughter in France

Stephanie and Barbara Keating

No Great Mischief

Alistair MacLeod

Past Perfect

Judith Stelboum

Upstairs in the Tent

Cynthia Rogerson

The Passion of Artemisia

Susan Vreeland

The Memory Keeper's Daughter

Kim Edwards

A Kind of Freedom

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton


Alex Miller

Nelson's Daughter

Miranda Hearn

Something Rising (light and swift)

Haven Kimmel

The American Boy

Andrew Taylor

December Heat

Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza

The Amateur Marriage

Anne Tyler

The Silence of the Rain

Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza

On Green Dolphin Street

Sebastian Faulks

Portrait in Sepia

Isabel Allende

Half in Love

Justin Cartwright

Daniel Isn't Talking

Marti Leimbach

The Calligrapher's Daughter

Eugenia Kim

The Book of Memory

Petina Gappah

What Ends

Andrew Ladd