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John le Carre is a perfect fit for Occupy Wall Street

The world is pissed off and rightly so. The Occupy Wall Street demonstrations that have swept the world in the past couple of weeks are testament to exactly how pissed off, how desperate ordinary people are. Jobs have been lost, savings have been wiped out, homes have been lost. The robber barons that run the speculative and morally bankrupt banks that are condensed into the moniker ‘Wall Street’ have knowingly perpetrated this economic pillage. Zombie banks is what the Pulitzer prize-winning author and journalist, Chris Hedges, calls them.

Many of them have made money hand over fist during the prolonged fiscal crisis of the last couple of years. They have been bailed out by the American treasury and now European governments are trying to stave off defaults amongst the poorer members of the EU. It looks to me like the money-emperors are stark naked. And it looks like they don’t give a toss.

How to right this situation? How to write it?

My money is on John le Carre. He is able to hold together tales of corporate greed, think The Constant Gardner, as deftly as he held together the moral ambiguity of the Cold War in Smiley’s People.

I even have a title for him – The Men Who Crashed the World. Nicked, I confess, from Al Jazeera. They have run a brilliant series of analytical pieces on the wave of indignation that has swept protesters from every walk of life into their city squares.

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Blood Rose Notice in the UK Times

My second Clare Hart thriller, Blood Rose, appears alongside books by Scandinavian crime writers Jo Nesbø, Camilla Läckberg in the UK’s Times newspaper:

Margie Orford’s Blood Rose has an appealing heroine, the Cape Town-based criminal profiler Dr Clare Hart, and a lively, fast-moving plot set in Namibia — probably the first time that the sparsely populated country has featured in crime fiction. In Walvis Bay, the largest port, a serial killer is disposing of vulnerable teenage street-boys. Hart is asked to help, which she does with panache while dealing with her own emotional see-saws. Good dialogue and unfamiliar characters.

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Daddy’s Girl Makes Women24′s Top Ten of 2009 (Plus: Interview)

I was very glad to find that Daddy’s Girl made Women24′s 2009 top ten reads list – alongside the likes of Stieg Larsson, no less. Take a look:

Meanwhile, here’s a quick interview between myself and Sam Wilson, involving my top five crime writing tips:

1. Do your research
There are two main types of crime fiction:
i. ‘Body in the library’ Conan Doyle style, favoured by writers such as Ruth Rendell, Ian Rankin and PD James, and
ii. ‘Hardboiled’ hyper-real, ‘Uneasy Street’ crime fiction, as favoured by Raymond Chandler and Mickey Spillane

If you’re going to fall in between the two (like Orford herself), do it consciously.

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Daddy’s Girl in the News

Several recent mentions of my latest Clare Hart thriller.

Three good reviews in the South African papers:

And I answer the Mail & Guardian‘s questions:

Describe yourself in a sentence.
I don’t believe in stopping working just because I’m tired: I stop when what I’m working on is as perfect as I can make it.

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I’ve made it! I am on Elmore Leonard’s website!

You have to check this out. I am on my hero’s website.

Crime novelist Margie Orford was born in London but grew up in Namibia and South Africa and now lives in Cape Town. Her latest book in her popular Clare Hart series, Daddy’s Girl, was launched this week.

“For months, all I’ve been able to read were endless manuscript revisions of Daddy’s Girl. Reading anything else would induce an acute dose of writer’s envy, so my bedside table was empty. Now the book is done and there is a pile of books next to my bed.

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Blood Rose Film Rights Optioned by Malcolm Kohll and Robert Fig

Good news…

Film rights for my second Clare Hart thriller, Blood Rose, have been optioned to London-based South African film-making team Malcolm Kohll and Robert Fig, with Kohll adapting the novel and Fig set to executive produce.

More information here…

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UK Edition of Like Clockwork

Like Clockwork is coming out in the UK next March. The cover is already up on the Atlantic Books website:

Like Clockwork UKPublication of Like Clockwork announces the arrival of Margie Orford, a major new force in crime writing.

‘Margie Orford is a name you should commit to memory… Dr Clare Hart is set to become as popular as Patricia Cornwell’s forensic investigator Kay Scarpetta and Kathy Reich’s forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan.’ Oprah Magazine

When a beautiful young woman is found murdered on Cape Town’s Seapoint promenade, journalist and part-time police profiler Dr Clare Hart is drawn into the web of a brutal serial killer. As more bodies are discovered, Clare is forced to re-visit memories of the brutal rape of her twin sister and the gang ties that bind Cape Town’s crime rings. Is her investigation into human trafficking linked to the murders or is the killer just playing a sick game with her?

‘Gritty, fast paced and violently realistic, Orford has created a Cape Town underworld whose depths reach into the far recesses of human depravity.’
- Saturday Star

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My latest effort – a recent collaboration

Kathryn Smith as Sophie Brown

One of my characters, Sophie Brown, is COMING TO LIFE – through my artist friend Kathryn Smith.

Sophie Brown stars in The Quarry – the next Clare Hart novel after the one I am writing now, Daddy’s Girl, is finished.

Do have a look at the image – it is too beautiful and we made such a lovely three minute movie about an unwritten book, at zero degrees in a quarry on table mountain in the middle of the night!

It’s a movie you can watch this weekend; here’s more information:

Please watch our lovely series “Right Through The Arts” this Sunday at 9-10pm on SABC 2. This is the last episode in the series. Thanks for all the support and feedback. This week’s programme features Kathryn Smith, who has created a compelling work that in which she performs herself and Sophie Brown (a fictional artist). The picture is of Kathryn on set.

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Meet Jack the Nose


A small friend of ours was bitten on the nose by our dog. So I wrote him a book – The Adventures of the Very Brave and Particular Nose – which Arthur did a wonderful Electric Bookworks job on. It really looks fabulous – it’s quite a cute little story – and I had great fun writing it. A sample:


Jack the Nose and his friends and family will be at the Book Lounge for a launch later this month – proceeds from book sales will go to The Shine Centre – watch out for the details on BOOK SA.

Illustrations by Andrew Walton

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Podcast with the Sunday Times

I had a nice interview with Tymon Smith of the Sunday Times recently, which was turned into a podcast. Here’s the clip:

If it doesn’t play, click here to listen at the source page.

Also, I’ll be speaking tonight at the launch of Andrew Brown’s Street Blues. Looking forward to seeing friends there…

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