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Madibaland World Literary Festival: Joanne Hichens

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Death and the After Parties
Published by Karavan Press
Retail price R320 (available at good book stores)

Joanne Hichens lost first her mother, then in quick succession, her husband, her
father, and her mother-in-law – two deaths anticipated, two coming as the worst kind
of shock. In this memoir of grief and recovery, she writes with honesty and humour of
death – our ‘constant companion’, and the stumbling journey through the country of
grief. By turns searing and sparkling, her account gives compelling insight into the
losses that stalk us all, while also celebrating the mainstays of life – friendship,
family, and the memories of those we love and lose.
Author and editor, she lives in Cape Town. She has edited numerous short story
anthologies, including Bad Company, The Bed Book of Short Stories, Hair: Weaving
and Unpicking Stories of Identity
, Bloody Satisfied, the award-winning Adults
Only, Incredible Journey
, Die Laughing and Trade Secrets. Her crime novels are Out
to Score
(co-written), Divine Justice (soon to be published in the United States),
and Sweet Paradise. Her YA novels, Stained and Riding the Wave, were both
shortlisted for the Sanlam Literature Award.  B