Thrown Among the Bones

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Thrown Among the Bones, my memoir, reveals how my own life configures with the scaffolding of my fictions. It shows how characters take up roles both archetypal and simple to tackle existential questions; and how urban landscapes and wilderness serve as the neon-spangled theatres of my story telling.
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Patricia Schonstein

A novelist, poet, author of children’s books and curator of anthologies.
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Skyline 24th Anniversary

Skyline’s 24th anniversary is celebrated as the Russia-Ukraine War and the Israel-Gaza War continue to blaze. This novel, dedicated to child victims of war, takes an unflinching view of the emotional carnage caused by conflict, giving face and voice to those whose innocence and right-to-life is destroyed by it.

Skyline is narrated by an adolescent voice. It tackles Cape Town’s violent criminal underbelly, alongside the relentless migrations of people fleeing Africa’s wars and economic ruin. It is explorative of human dignity and compassion. Underpinned by hope, it is a reminder of all the good that can be mined from the human heart.

If you have never looked into the eyes of a refugee or migrant, this book will show you that you will discover something about yourself when you do.

Skyline has been variously described by reviewers as: ‘A great epic’; ‘Tremendous’; ‘Powerful’; and ‘A magnificent book about human spirit’

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  • Winner: Prix du Marais (France) 2005
  • Winner: The Percy FitzPatrick Award 2002
  • Second place: The Sunday Times Fiction Award 2001
  • Long listed: The IMPAC, Dublin International Award 2002
  • Listed: South African Twenty-Five Must-Reads 2007
  • Listed: En bok for alla (Sweden) 2006
  • Listed: SACBF Honour 2000
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Fiction
Poetry
Fable
Children's Books
Non-fiction