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George Gladwin Matsheke
The Memory of Water - Janita Thiele Lawrence
08H22 MONDAY, 12 DECEMBER 2011
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Slade Harris will do anything for a story. He doesn’t think twice about jumping out of a plane or conducting disastrous love affairs to gather material for his writing. But his selfish life seems to be catching up with him: stumbling through his late thirties hopeless and a little drunk, his agent after him like a particularly stubborn strain of venereal disease, waiting for his next money-spinning Work Of Genius which is a year overdue and which Slade has not yet started. To celebrate his dismal situation (Everest-like debt; unrequited love; a fear of turning into his sad, shuffling father and the severest case of writing block ever experienced by man), Slade has a dazzling, dangerous idea, which sets off a motion of events that will change his life forever. It’s going to be Slade’s ultimate story, and all he’s hoping for is to survive it.

Intriguing, lyrical, erotic, and smudged with black humour, Backwater Beauty is a supremely entertaining read with a quirky, original voice.

Review quotes:

"Absorbing, chilling, funny and original ... definitely a fresh new voice in South African fiction." - Hamilton Wende

and ...

“Keeps you guessing till the last page.’ - Paige Nick

Cover: Mandie van der Merwe

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    Vus
    6 YEARS AGO

    Yes, we need more book reviews up in here

  2. very intriguing synopsis.

    iv been reading "The kite runner" for the past 3 months and im still not finished. i used to read a lot in the bus and taxi and now seems im going at a two books a year rate.

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