Author delves into Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Andrew Brown, left, was in conversation with Mervyn Sloman, owner of The Book Lounge.

Observatory author Andrew Brown was at the Book Lounge on Wednesday October 18 for the launch of his latest novel, The Bitterness of Olives. The story about the delicate friendship between a retired Israeli detective and a Palestinian doctor and how they work together to solve a murder is set against the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which has boiled over in the past two weeks following the deaths of thousands of civilians, first in a massacre by Hamas and now in subsequent Israeli air strikes on Gaza.

Elizabeth Bryan, of Tamboerskloof, left, with Marianne Lancefield, of St James. Picture: Karen Watkins.
Malose Mamashela, of Newlands with Judy Beaumont and Dirk Versfeld, both from Rondebosch. Picture: Karen Watkins.
Melinda Smit, of Sunset Beach, with Maureen Boshoff, of Milnerton. Picture: Karen Watkins.
Robyn Kellerman, of Tamboerskloof, with Jaimen Brown, of Rosebank. Picture: Karen Watkins.