I’m very pleased to be included in an expansive survey of Cape Town-based spec-fic – Cape Town: The Writers – alongside Diane Awerbuck, Lauren Beukes, Imraan Coovadia, Panashe Chigumadzi, Mandisi Nkomo, Mia Arderne, Ziphozakhe Hlobo, Nicholas Ernest, Toby Bennett, Zinaid Meeran Novelist & others. Part of the outstanding series, 100 African writers of SFF by Geoff Ryman […]
Reviewer Sue Broom has put up a lovely thoughtful assessment of Green Lion on Nudge-book.com: Her portrayal of the sheer physicality of the lioness is sublime … The wilderness within the fence takes on a mystique of menace and there are some beautiful descriptions of its landscape. A recurring image throughout is gold – rare and […]
I wrote a piece about my writerly relationship with my home town, Cape Town, for the excellent books and writing blog The Literary Sofa: To tourists, Table Mountain seems incongruous, wondrous; to locals, it’s a landmark and a compass point, even for those of us who live so far from the centre that the “tabletop” […]
Tonight (16 Oct) I’ll be discussing “Writing Africa’s Futures: Fantasy Africa or Fantastical Africa” with Nigerian writer Chikodili Emelumadu, shortlisted for The Caine Prize, at Durning Library.
Here’s a lovely, wide-ranging, thoughtful review from BookBlast for Green Lion: Individual vs. family, rich vs. poor, man vs. wild animal, conservation vs. extinction: Henrietta Rose-Innes’ multi-layered narrative addresses all these contradictions skilfully and with lightness of touch. Green Lion speaks to us urgently of another kind of moral responsibility to that which we are […]
Book and Brew reviewer Jasmin Kirkbride gives Nineveh a strong recommendation in a new review: From the outset, Nineveh is characterised by vibrant insectoid imagery: the opening chapter focuses on a tree that has been colonised by caterpillars, for example. In the hands of any other author, such a motif might make your skin crawl, […]
I had fun going through these questions for BookBlast’s “Author of the Week” feature. With salutes to The Johannesburg Review of Books, Civitella Ranieri, the hometown writing community and all my lovely publishers. Your views on success? Whatever you achieve, you look up to find the real prize has scuttled a little further out of […]
I wrote a little list for the Guardian’s “Top Ten Books” feature, delving into some of my favourite writing about how we interact with the animals with which we share the world. Featuring Ursula K. Le Guin, James Herriot, Karen Joy Fowler, Russell Hoban and others. Our interactions with animals are many and various, ranging from […]
Delighted to see Green Lion lounging on the Literary Sofa in this list of Autumnal reading suggestions. “Raises vital issues about our relationship with the natural world … above all an immersive and compelling story. Great characters, superb lyrical writing and a particular treat for anyone who knows Cape Town.”
Green Lion has made it onto Book Blast’s intriguing Top 10 Reads for Independent Minds for September, taking the “Environmentalism and the New World” slot on this list of “deliciously eclectic, mind-altering reads to see us into the Autumn”.