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Franschhoek Literary Festival

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Announcing Authors Attending Next Year’s Franschhoek Literary Festival

With the New Year fast approaching we wanted to whet your appetite with the exciting line-up for the 2013 festival. While the programme is still being finalized we are thrilled to announce that a number of top local and international authors have been confirmed.

International authors who will be attending the festival are:

Alexander McCall Smith, much beloved author of The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, who needs very little introduction, returns to the festival to delight and charm his fans.

Antony Beevor, a British historian who has been awarded the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature. His most recent book, The Second World War, a bestseller like many of his other titles, has received outstanding reviews.

Anthony Horowitz, best known to our younger readers as author of the massive teen spy series starring Alex Rider, also writes for theatre, television and the movies. Anthony was commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate to write a new Sherlock Holmes novel, The House of Silk, which was published to much acclaim.

Kate Mosse had international success with her novel Labyrinth (first in the Languedoc Trilogy), soon to be a television series, and is a co-founder of the prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction, which celebrates outstanding fiction by women. Her work as a critic, broadcaster, judge and campaigner for literacy led to her being named by the Guardian and the Bookseller as one of the most influential people in UK publishing.

A D Miller is a journalist, British editor of The Economist and his debut novel, Snowdrops, which was shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize, has been hailed as a masterful and complex novel set in a hedonistic, seedy modern Moscow.

Emma Brockes writes for the Guardian Weekend magazine, contributes to the New York Times, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle, and is the winner of two British Press Awards. She Left Me the Gun, the story of her mother’s life growing up in South Africa, will be published early next year.

Paul Geraghty, award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, will be taking part in the festival’s Book Week and Open Day for Young Readers.

South African authors attending the festival will include Ferial Haffajee, editor of City Press and a key player in some of the biggest news stories of 2012; well-known radio personality Redi Tlhabi, who has just released the extraordinary account of her relationship with a gangster in Endings & Beginnings; award-winning poet Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali, author of the South African classic Sounds of a Cowhide Drum, soon to be republished and acclaimed author Marguerite Poland.

A host of other local wordsmiths will be taking part in the festival – to be announced soon.

The full FLF programme will be available on by early March.


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