It’s been an insane year, most of it spent under strict lockdown conditions. Local businesses took a huge knock with many small enterprises only managing to hold on.
The local book industry was one of the many sectors hit. If you look past the bigger publishing houses and chain bookstores you’ll see a wide network of independent bookshops, small publishers, authors, freelance designers, editors and proofreaders, and bright young people just starting out their career.
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I am beyond thrilled to announce that my seventh novel, The Girl Who Chased Otters, is going to be published by Modjaji Books in 2021.
The book was originally published in Germany by CBJ, an imprint of Random House in 2016. The book is still available on Amazon if you want to read it in German.
Here’s a little more about what to expect.
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Sea Star Summer has been out in the world for five months. It had a bit of a delayed start due to the pandemic. Books weren’t able to leave the warehouse before lockdown, and review copies were locked away in an office while everyone worked from home. But we got them out in the end, and books soon made their way to readers.
Here is a roundup of all the reviews and press coverage I could find so far.
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So this morning I found out that The Outcast Hours, edited by Mahvesh Murad & Jared Shurin, is up for a World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology.
The brilliant collection was published by Solaris last year and features stories by authors from across the globe, including myself and fellow South Africans S.L. Grey, Lauren Beukes, Dale Halvorsen, and Sam Beckbessinger.
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It’s giveaway time!
I had to wait for my giveaway copies and bookmarks to be rescued from a locked office, but they’ve finally arrived!
I am giving away a copy of my brand new book, Sea Star Summer. If you love romance, roadtrips, the beach, and dreamy South African coastal towns, then this might be your next read.
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I woke up this morning to some amazing news. My new book, Sea Star Summer, has made the Exclusive Books HomeBru list!
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It’s winter and it’s cold and there’s a pandemic raging. If you, like me, would rather stay inside and nest underneath a fort of fluffy blankets, it helps to be entertained.
I have been stocking up on ebooks and more recently, placing orders for the paperbacks I just have to own. (I just finished My Dark Vanessa and wow – just wow). I also have a book that just came out, but it feels wrong to promote it without mentioning the other amazing local YA titles available to read. Besides, who buys just one book?
So here is a list of South African YA fiction that you can read right this very minute and a few you should definitely pre-order.
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My new book, Sea Star Summer, which was published in April, had to go into lockdown with the rest of us. The good news is that copies are finally making their way to stores and orders are being shipped.
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I just received the best Friday surprise. The Sunday Times Books section has chosen an excerpt from Sea Star Summer for their Fiction Friday segment!
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Sea Star Summer is officially out today. I say officially, but in reality, I have to wait till the end of lockdown before I can get my hands on a copy. So in a way, it’s more of an un-book-birthday or a book un-birthday.
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