Perfect Joburg Experience

It was the perfect Joburg experience: afternoon thunderstorms with hail and lightning, followed by a rainbow arcing over Auckland Park, going to claim a prestigious literary prize (my first ever South African award), The University of Johannesburg Prize, with my brilliant editor, Helen Moffett as my date, lovely people passionate about local lit, powerful, moving […]

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The Taser of Happiness

I’m really proud and excited that The Shining Girls has scooped three major awards across three genre categories. Mash-up for the win! Earlier this year, The Shining Girls won the prestigious South African literary award, The University of Johannesburg prize. Here’s what the judges had to say “The magic in the story lies in its […]

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Shiny Shiny: 2013 UJ Prize

So, this just happened! The Shining Girls won the prestigious 2013 UJ literary prize. The judges said: “This highly innovative novel blends time travel, serial killers, mystery and the evolution of Chicago in the 20th century, all within the framework of Beukes’s magical imaginings, rendered in beautifully constructed prose… Beukes’s foray into fresh themes and […]

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