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 […]
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, […]
Here’s a lovely piece in praise of caterpillars from Patrick Barkham in the Guardian – with a nod to Nineveh, noting the “welcome appearance for that rare species, the humane pest controller”. I’d forgotten what fabulous pets they are: busy, and oddly personable. The forest school class loved having caterpillars trotting up their arms, and solicitously […]
Nineveh is included in a fascinating list of five recent international novels dealing with “City-Dwellers Under Stress … urban disquiet and the evolving tensions of 21st century city living” (along with Ge Fei’s The Invisibility Cloak, Kelly Luce’s Pull Me Under, Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West and Deepak Unnikrishnan’s Temporary People). Of Nineveh, Tobias Carroll writes: “Rose-Innes does a fantastic job of […]
I was very happy to see Nineveh reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement. “A churning hive, everyone a termite, all borders and boundaries eaten through … the novel has a powerful ecological strand.” Link here (paywalled).
If you’re in Norwich on April 10, I’ll be reading from Nineveh and my forthcoming novel Green Lion at the excellent Cafe Writers, alongside award-winning poet Elisabeth Sennitt Clough. Join us at 7pm at Take 5, 17 Tombland. Admission £2, and there’ll be an open mic. Facebook invitation and more information here.
“Strange, uncanny, and downright criminal” – if this sounds appealing and you’re in London on 28th March, come along to “Mysteries Overseas: An Evening with Acclaimed International Women Writers“. I’ll be there with authors Johana Gustawsson (France), Andrée A. Michaud (Canada) and Teresa Solana (Spain), chatting about our work. Q: What could be finer than spending an evening […]
I’m very pleased to be speaking at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) this coming Friday 10 March as part of the prestigious Conversations in Bloomsbury series. I’ll be in conversation with Zimbabwean writer and musician, Brian Chikwava, talking about my novel Nineveh. “This story, set in Cape Town explores the tensions between the natural and man-made […]
I recently did an interview with Michael Barron of transnational arts and culture website the Culture Trip. I talk about Nineveh, the state of South African literature, and writing in a foreign land. Up to now, I’ve always been focused on writing about specific landscapes that I know very well – Cape Town, basically. But since moving, I’ve […]
The Chicago Review of Books calls Nineveh “a remarkable inquiry into humanity’s ongoing relationship with nature.” Innes provides every detail of both human and natural architecture with impeccable precision. This attention to the physical world informs Nineveh’s well-mapped structure and propels forward a refreshing narrative, rife with irascible insects and immovable greenery. Read the full review by […]