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Publication date
21st August 2017


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UK & BC EX CAN and Southern Africa

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Green Lion

Author Henrietta Rose-Innes


Of course, you’re never expecting the lion, are you? Like something coming up in the rear-view mirror. Much closer than it appears.


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Of course, you’re never expecting the lion, are you? Like something coming up in the rear-view mirror. Much closer than it appears.

When a lion at a breeding park mauls an old school friend of his, Con must step in as the keeper of Sekhmet, the last remaining black-maned lioness in the world.

In a Cape Town where fences keep people and wildlife apart, park officials and investors fret about their flagship big-cat project. And while Con grows steadily more bonded to his enigmatic charge, a cult of animal lovers seek to claim her as their own.

Praise for Henrietta Rose-Innes
‘I love Henrietta Rose-Innes’ work. With plotlines that are wittily subversive and language that is whippet-lean, it is long overdue for discovery by a wider readership.’ Patrick Gale
‘Henrietta Rose-Innes writes an admirably taut, clean prose. … A welcome addition to the new South African literature.’ J M Coetzee
 ‘Rose-Innes is a writer almost in the Virginia Woolf mould – lateral of mind and poetic in her style of narration.’ Sunday Times (SA)
‘A compellingly enigmatic story, [2008 Caine Prize winner] Poison’s few pages are also an eloquent vignette of the “new” South Africa.’ The Guardian
‘A gripping, thrilling allegory of a troubled nation, Nineveh is executed with wit, panache, precision and something that I can only call wounded love for the country the author calls her home.’ Neel Mukherjee
Praise for Nineveh
‘A beautiful and precisely written book. Nineveh not only feels relevant but is an insightful exploration of character and place.’ The Book Bag
‘A persuasive, witty exploration of a tough and unconventional young woman—and a consistently lively account of the entanglements of cultural politics, class, and architecture in contemporary South Africa.’ Kirkus Reviews
‘A weird, elusive tale involving insects, gentrification and repressed domestic trauma, it’s a kind of haunted-house novel that doubles as a state-of-the-nation narrative but without losing the laser-like focus of an intimate psychological thriller … Nineveh is a shrewd narrative tease that invites you above all to think. Try pinning it down; it scuttles away. ‘ Sunday Telegraph
‘Her pests are persistent and ultimately powerful – an effective metaphor to argue for a more permeable, equal city.’ The Guardian
Bonus Material
Q&A with Henrietta Rose-Innes
Henrietta Rose-Innes

Meet the author

Henrietta Rose-Innes is a novelist and short story writer from Cape Town, currently living in the UK while completing a PhD at the University of East Anglia. She won the Caine Prize for African Writing 2008 and the HSBC / PEN Short Story Prize 2007 and was runner-up in the BBC Short Story Award 2012…

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