AUTHOR ENGAGEMENT & EVENTS
Author of Fiction
Winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award
“Lauren Beukes is a major, major talent.”—George R. R. Martin
Lauren Beukes is the award-winning author of six novels, a collection of short stories, a pop history about South African women, and New York Times best-selling comics. Her work has been translated into 26 languages and won prizes across genres from the Arthur C Clarke Award to the Strand Critic’s Choice award and the University of Johannesburg Prize. Her novel, The Shining Girls, about a time-travelling serial killer and the survivor who turns the hunt around is now a major AppleTV series with Elisabeth Moss. Her latest novel, Bridge, about a young woman’s search for her mother across realities is out in August, 2023. She lives in London with a teenager and two cats.
As seen in the New York Times, Oprah Daily, SFX and more.
The mind-bending masterpiece from the multi-award-winning author of Apple TV’s smash hit literary adaptation SHINING GIRLS, starring Elizabeth Moss.
In infinite parallel universes, there’s a version of you who already has everything you’ve ever wanted. But 24 year old drop-out Bridge is paralysed, by all the other lives she could have lived, the choices she could have made, and now, whoever she’s supposed to be in the wake of her mother’s premature death.
They’ve always had a complicated relationship. Jo was the teenage runaway turned maverick neuroscientist who threw everything away chasing after an impossibility – a mysterious artefact – the dreamworm – that allows you to switch between realities. And now she’s dead and any chance of reconciliation with her.
But is Jo really gone… or only in this universe? When Bridge and her best friend Dom stumble on the dreamworm, that does indeed open the doors to other worlds, otherselves, she becomes convinced her mom is lost out there. But the dreamworm is more dangerous than she can imagine, and she’s not the only one hunting across time and space.
Page-turning and ambitious, BRIDGE is a dazzlingly inventive speculative thriller with an unforgettable cast of characters, and the work of a novelist at the height of her powers.
For fans of RUSSIAN DOLL, STRANGER THINGS, EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE, ALL AT ONCE, from Sunday Times bestseller and multi-award winning writer Lauren Beukes.
Stories allow us to be more than we are
Lauren writes stories for a living. In her own household, in fact, stories are sacred. So sacred that she would go just about anywhere to find the best of them. Recent escapades include hanging out with a vodou priest in the depths of Port-au-Prince in Haiti, or spending time with a colourful range of locals amidst the ruin porn of a decaying Detroit, and going shoulder-to-shoulder in a packed and tense refugee shelter in downtown Johannesburg. All of this in an effort to go beyond the cliche and to get underneath the skin. Amongst the rewards, she says, is the possibility of gaining a perspective that you wouldn’t otherwise come up with on your own. In this talk, delivered at TEDxJohannesburg 2015, Lauren takes us on a dizzying trip into her world. In the process, she gives us an enlightening glimpse of the mind of a wonder woman writer at the height of her powers.
“Lauren Beukes constructs a fast-paced and masterfully kaleidoscopic tale that nails grief in all its humor, absurdity, and tenderness” — Oprah Daily
“I’m a big fan of Beukes’ horror-tinged, speculative suspense novels—she is apparently an endless well of terrifyingly good ideas” — Literary Hub
“Lauren Beukes’s fifth novel is a smartly written thriller that opens with a satisfying bang” — Stephen King, for the New York Times
“Beukes is a gifted storyteller who makes it thrillingly easy for readers to fall under her spell” — Kirkus
Beukes’ gift is to write page turning books that have serious political themes” — Stuart Kelly, The Scotsman
“Lauren Beukes is very *very* good” – William Gibson
Book Signings, Bookshop, 12345
August 17 1-5pm
Book Signings, Bookshop, 12345
August 17 1-5pm
Praise for Bridge
“Lauren Beukes’ multiverse is sheer thrilling madness with a big, beating heart that reminds us that we’re all connected in the end.” — Grady Hendrix, New York Times bestselling author of The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires and How To Sell a Haunted House
The worldbuilding here is skillful, as is the pacing—Beukes avoids dropping anvil-like plot points or world details, trusting the reader to unpack clues and read between the lines. […] And maybe grief itself, Beukes suggests on a deeper level, is strong enough to alter space and time. Effective as metaphor but mostly ass-kicking, mind-bending entertainment.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Takes the reality-shattering, time-warping power of grief to new dimensions—literally. . . . flashing between different timelines, realities, and perspectives, Lauren Beukes constructs a fast-paced and masterfully kaleidoscopic tale that nails grief in all its humor, absurdity, and tenderness.” — Oprah Daily