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My Czech Cover

I love my name on this one – Margie Orfordová.

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My Russian Cover

My Russian cover for Like Clockwork… published by Mir Knigi in Moscow.

Very different to the South African one – look closely for the pair of eyes in the red circle that’s dripping blood just above the (slain?) blonde – but there you go. Different looks for different markets.

More exciting news soon, I hope.

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Other People’s Streets

Big Issue 128Khayelitsha’s streets are not my streets. I am drawn to them because they adrenalin-jump me into the unfamiliar lives of the people who live here. And I am here because I have been following the story of a TAC activist who was gang raped and then murdered for disclosing her HIV-positive status. I’ve taken this particular off-ramp several times.

I have learned where the bass-thumping taxis wait, where groups of men loiter, where the washing hangs. Noise envelops me, pushing through the shatterproof windows of my car, filling the spaces between the houses. The wind whips at women’s skirts as they call out to passers-by, luring them with the offal sizzling above coals. A golden vetkoek is proffered, split to reveal its snowy interior. The small stores along the sides of the road are fringed with onions and oranges. Tomatoes heaped in chipped enamel bowls catch my eye. Table Mountain is very faraway, a pale blue cutout beneath the midday bright sun.

I take a wrong turn.

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Wow, wow, wow…

Hi Margie

I have just finished reading Blood Rose and all i can say is wow wow wow! Amazing, brilliant, riveting! I simply could not put it down. Cant wait for the next one!

Love Irene

PS. Don’t you think it would be great if Clare and Riedwaan came to life on a SABC TV Mini Series?

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Mirror, Mirror at the Baxter – Funniest Satire of Them All

Mike van Graan’s new play at the Baxter is Mirror, Mirror. It is a fabulous satirical romp and a great way to start of the Year of the Rat and all the political lunacy, back-stabbing and ratting on your erstwhile friends, that it promises. Do go and see it – it moves full circle from the Old South Africa to the rather grubby new. The humour is biting – the script hilarious. Enjoy…

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Rape: a Life Sentence for the Victim

The following piece of mine ran in the 25 November Sunday Times, under the headline “Why is it so difficult to legislate against the brutality of rape?”. They fiddled with my stats and then published a correction in the 2 Dec Times, on page 2 – but this is apparently not available online.

Nonetheless, I’m re-running the piece here. I’ve recently become a patron of the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust, and encourage all to visit their website and support their work. Please read on: (more…)

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Hi Margie, Just thought I’d drop you a note to say I loved blood rose – a really good read. Kept me going while on a difficult little job on North island, Seychelles. Well done again, another really good one for the series of feature films! Charles Champion.

Check out Charlie’s work at He’s good!

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A French sale

It looks like there is an exciting three book French deal in the offing with offers for Like Clockwork, Blood Rose and Daddy’s Girl, the new Clare Hart thriller. Watch this space…

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WSQ review

WSQ is a venerable journal edited by Nancy K MIller and Cindi Katz. The November 2007 issues is titled ACTIVISMS. In it is an interview with me about Like Clockwork. Moira Richards sent me a set of searching questions earlier this year.

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Blood Rose in Joburg

Blood Rose in JoburgTwo days till Blood Rose launches in Joburg – 6 at Nice Books, 4th & 14th Streets, Parktown if you would like to come. It feels like new territory, doing the launch in Joburg first. What to wear seems like the most pressing literary question. Johannesburg is always more glamorous than Cape Town – higher heels seem to go with higher crime. Nerves aside, I am looking forward to it, though.

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