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Fifteen Men Launched Today

Fifteen MenI am a book with a damaged cover, but what is written between the lines could save a country from disaster.
– Rashied Wewers

The Groot Drakenstein prison sees the launch of Fifteen Men this morning – the first event of the Franschhoek Literary Festival. The book contains pieces that emerged during a creative writing workshop I conducted, born out of the inaugural 2007 FLF and run over nine months.

All proceeds from the sale of Fifteen Men go to community projects through the FLF Library Fund. Here’s the book blurb:
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Like Clockwork Set for Disconcertingly Large Release in Germany

Bluts BrauteI recently received the advance marketing material for Like Clockwork‘s release in Germany, from its publisher there, Blanvalet – and confess to being rather overwhelmed by the impending wave of hype.

The book will be called Bluts Bräute (“Blood Bride” – great title, wish I’d thought of it). Its cover will feature on a series of city and freeway billboards, plus advertising hoardings in places like airports. The campaign theme and visuals are delightfully spine-chilling: a dragonfly having its wings plucked off, in “she loves me, she loves me not” fashion.

All this in aid of backing up an initial print run of – I still blink at the thought – 100 000 copies. Here’s to the German reading public!

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An Extract From Fabulously 40 and Beyond

Margie OrfordGreetings all and welcome to my blog!

Jean-Jacques Rousseau once wrote that, “Provided a man is not mad, he can be cured of every folly but vanity.” Doubtless his formula was not meant to exclude women, either – and in the rage-against-the-dying-of-the-light spirit of that the quotation implies, let’s start off with an excerpt from my latest book, Fabulously 40 and Beyond, which I co-authored with Karin Schimke. Here goes:

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