The first review is always nerve-wracking. I am so gratified by this appraisal of Green Lion by the always-excellent Hedley Twidle: generous, insightful, and with a deep understanding of context. All reviewed writers should be so fortunate. (Full version of the shortened version in the print Sunday Times ZA)
“Henrietta Rose-Innes’s remarkable new novel [is] an eccentric, dream-like meditation on the lives and deaths of animals. Though in her vision of the near future, The Lion House has become a modernised research institute and tourist attraction. It is dedicated to breeding extinct animals back into the world (“Like they did with quaggas”) with two black-maned descendants of the vanished Cape lion as the star attraction. This until one of the employees gets (like the unfortunate Timothy Treadwell of Grizzly Man) too close to the animals, and is badly mauled.”
Read the full review here.