Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Thrillers infused with flavour of africa

Here's a very nice article from a recent edition of the Canberra Times which mentions three of my favourite authors, South Africa's Deon Meyer, and Australia's Malla Nunn and Tony Park.

I met Malla for the first time recently at an author talk at North Sydney's Stanton Library, where she spoke about her new book, Let the Dead Lie, a sequel to A Beautiful Place to Die. She is an exceptionally nice person, so I urge you all to go out and buy her book (and a copy of my latest, WAR DOGS, while you're in the shop.

I'm very excited to see that Deon Meyer's new book, 13 Hours, has finally been translated from Afrikaans to English and can't wait to read it. You should read it, too, though if your budget's a bit tight, buy WAR DOGS instead.

Deon and I share the same literary agent and we have communicated via email. I hope to be braaing some wors and consuming some Castle with him some time in the future as he seems like a lekker oke.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

A journey of giraffes

We take a break today, Legion of Fans (LOF), from my shameless self promotion to bring you some promotion of me by other people. Namely, Queensland reader Robert Livingstone-Ward who is currently in Kenya en route to Tanzania.

Robert is the sort of friend I like - the kind who buys lots of my books. He and his sons, Sean and James, and nephew Justin are on a hardy safari which will take them to the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater (or, as we purists say, Caldera), and the snows of Kilimanjaro. Yes, madmen that they are, they plan on climbing the mountain.

But before setting off for the tough stuff they're doing it tough at an amazing place called Giraffe Manor, in Nairobi.

Now, I rate Nairobi as my second least favourite city in the world. Port Moresby, in Papua New Guinea, where I've been a couple of times on all-expenses-paid vacations with the army is officially the worst place I've ever been, but Nai-robbery rates a close second.

However, I was gobsmacked to see Robert's pictures and to check out the manor online. I think that if I ever have the misfortune to spend a night in Nairobi again that I will be doing so with the giraffes. This place looks fantastic.

Pictured here, somewhere (because I never quite know where the pictures will end up in these posts), are Robert, Sean and James pretending to read some TP books which look like they may have copped a bit of giraffe slobber at the manor. (Oh, and in case you're wondering about the title of this post, the collective noun for a group of giraffe is a 'journey').

Well done, Robert and Co. For your blatant promotion of my books and pandering to my ego you've earned yourself a free copy of 'WAR DOGS', my second biography. (Out now in all good Aussie bookstores, RRP $34.99, and online from