WINNER OF THE 2011 ARTHUR C CLARKE AWARD
Lauren Beukes' tale of a young woman trapped in a brutal city but looking for a way out . . .
'A major, major talent' George R. R. Martin
Zinzi has a Sloth on her back, a dirty 419 scam habit and a talent for finding lost things. But when a little old lady turns up dead and the cops confiscate her last paycheque, she's forced to take on her least favourite kind of job - missing persons.
Being hired by reclusive music producer Odi Huron to find a pop star should be her ticket out of Zoo City, the festering slum where the criminal underclass and their animal companions reside.
Instead it catapults Zinzi deeper into the maw of a city twisted by crime and magic, where she'll be forced to confront the dark secrets of former lives - including her own.
Look out for AFTERLAND, the new novel by Lauren Beukes
'Beukes is very *very* good. It feels effortless, utterly accomplished' William Gibson
'Beukes brings a secret tenderness and humanity to her off-kilter portrait of the here and now' Guardian
'Exquisitely paced and impeccably controlled. An enormously satisfying novel' New York Times Book Review
Shielding my eyes – morning has broken and there's no picking up the pieces – I yank back the sheet and peel out of bed. Benoît doesn't so much as stir, with only his calloused feet sticking out from ...
Lauren Beukes is the award-winning and internationally best-selling South African author of The Shining Girls, Zoo City and Broken Monsters, among other works. Her novels have been published in 24 countries and are being adapted for film and TV. She's also a screenwriter, comics writer journalist and award-winning documentary maker. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her daughter and two troublesome cats.
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