I was born in Scotland and have now been in South Africa for half my life. Two marriages, four children, live alone; single but committed just about covers it. Day-job (which pays the bills) Doctor of Biochemistry. Dark-job (which doesn't) has involved book reviewer, short story writer, features writer, and finally three failed novels, defined as not published, and then number four won the EU Literary Award in South Africa and was published in November 2010. Also short listed for the UJ Literary Award, which it did not win, and now for the Sunday Times Literary Award, to be announced June 2011.
Many and varied, from early forays through Dickens, Tolstoy, and Hardy before I understood them, into DH Lawrence, John Updike, Ian McEwan, Saul Below, Milan Kundera and others. Now read widely in modern fiction, with a passion for South African writers, such as JM Coetzee and Damon Galgut.
Those Streets is being edited for publication hopefully in 2012. It is a dark work that examines culpability for and rehabilitation from past crimes by looking at a young man struggling to shake off his cruel upbringing. he faces the choice of being good-good or good-bad, as he puts it, perhaps not realising that bad-bad is also an option.
Jacana Media, Johannesburg, South Africa
Education of many children, black and white, and The House, a refuge for under-age street prostitutes in Hillbrow, Johannesburg.
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