Aunty C

The last time I spoke to her before she died she was sobbing on the phone.‘I can only see darkness, I can only see darkness,’ she cried. ‘I can’t see any light.’ And I, being me, silently tearing on the other side, unable to say anything, frozen, trying desperately to […]

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Advice to Writers

“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights […]

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The Chicken Man

Once, my mother phoned the man we buy the chickens from and she said, ‘Hello, is this the chicken?’ And years later, years and years later when all my sisters are already married, when I have grown up, when abajaan is already gone, every now and then, we say the […]

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2017 (As a memoir)

2017 In January my books arrive and after nearly 4 years without my novel I suddenly have books to sell again and I feel like I’ve started the year with the knowledge that I can Make Things Happen and it fills me with an optimism I’ve abandoned these past few […]

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A Moment (from the beach)

Once there was a moment when we didn’t say anything. We kept looking away. And I didn’t know what to say. And yet everything was said. The important things anyway. The important things always find a way to be said. Somehow. And then I went away. I walked to my […]

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