To celebrate my birthday and the six-month anniversary of Mine being on the shelves, I’ve put together a curated collection of South African YA books.
My fifth novel, Mine, has been on the shelves for five months exactly (it was published to coincide with Valentine’s Day.) It’s a love story set in Cape Town, but I was totally unprepared for how much love it has received from readers.
There’s a theme I’ve noticed more and more on Twitter: read more women. It’s something I’ve been consciously doing myself, which is why if you’ve been following my blog, you would have noticed outpourings of devotion to writers like Emma Cline, Mary Watson, Sophie Hannah and Karen Russell among others.
Continue reading “LEGO book reviews: Women’s Prize for Fiction”
Promotional book tours help get the word out once a book hits the shelves. They’re especially important in the first six months after publication, which is generally the period authors become adrenaline-fueled squirrels of activity.
Sometimes book bloggers come across books by accident. This weekend I flew up to Jo’burg for the Kingsmead Book Fair. On the flight home, my companion, who happened to be the youth books publicist for NB, had a nap, leaving an upcoming YA title poking out the magazine sleeve in front of her. It was too tempting to resist.
Mythological heroes serve many purposes. They reveal the best and worst of us, they give us something to aspire to, and they mirror our lives on a grand scale.
Continue reading “LEGO book review: Circe”
There are some dates on my calendar that are permanently reserved for my favourite events – The Franschhoek Literary Festival, The Open Book Festival and FanCon.
Continue reading “Highlights from my FanCon experience”
This morning I had a pinch-me moment. The May edition of Fair Lady magazine hit newsstands featuring a four-page profile of yours truly and a photo of the cutest squirrel in the world.
Continue reading “Mine hits the glossies”
Spending sixteen hours in a car is a grueling prospect. It’s the equivalent of a long-haul flight, except with icky petrol station bathroom breaks instead of having to clamber over the sleeping passenger in the (way too small) seat next to you.
But with enough scenic stops and an epic destination in mind, a long car journey is just the thing.
Continue reading “Road tripping in the Eastern Cape”
It’s been a month since Mine was released into the world! The reaction to the book has been phenomenal – from bookstagrams and Tweets to blogger and press reviews.
Continue reading “Vlog: Mine’s first month in the world”
I’ve been to my fair share of literary dinners. The recipe is simple: good food, good wine, good company. You can’t go wrong. Plus, guests always have one topic of conversation in mind: books!
Continue reading “Book your place at an unforgettable evening”