NINEVEH and GREEN LION: Prizes, Praise & a Surprising Cover

Henrietta Rose-Innes has won the François Sommer Literary Prize for her novel NINEVEH, which was published in France last year by Editions Zoe.

The prize is awarded to novels and literary works published in French that explore the relationship between humans and nature and support “the values of humanistic ecology”. It is worth €15,000. You can see some lovely photos of Henrietta collecting her prize and signing books below:

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NINEVEH was first published in South Africa by Umuzi in 2011. When Humane Pest Relocation Expert KD is hired to cleanse the vermin-invested Nineveh walled estate, her boundaries begin to crumble. Swamp water sweeps into Nineveh just as KD's past returns to her. The novel was Shortlisted for Sunday Times Fiction Prize 2012 and the M-Net Prize 2012. Mexican rights have just been acquired by Almadia.

Henrietta’s latest novel, GREEN LION, is published in May by Umuzi in South Africa, who recently revealed their stunning cover, alongside an interview with its designer. You can read more about GREEN LION in this interview with Henrietta, who describes the novel as ‘an exploration of human relationships with the natural world, even more explicitly so than Nineveh. At the heart of the book is the figure of a black-maned lion, one of vanished sub-species that used to be common in the Cape. It’s a book about extinctions, and loss, and the impossibility of bringing things back from oblivion; and also about the mythic importance of animals in human lives.’

Praise for GREEN LION:

‘In GREEN LION Henrietta Rose-Innes has written another extraordinary novel, lyrical, deftly plotted, and as full of life as the Ark. In the Cape Town of her imagination, a place both utterly strange and eerily familiar, wildness is always pressing up against the fence. The ‘animal’, she suggests, is not just out there but in here, shaping what we do and say, embedded in language itself like a stubborn gene.’ – Ivan Vladislavić

‘GREEN LION sees humanity’s longing for the wildness of animals as a desire for what remains most alien in our rational selves. Catching the animal heart in all of us, Rose-Innes imagines a world where ferocity itself is pushed to the brink of extinction. Poignant and unsentimental, this is an urgent story of quiet, lurking terror.' – Patrick Flanery

Praise for NINEVEH:

‘A gripping allegory … executed with wit, panache, and precision.’ – Neel Mukherjee

‘A passionate homage to place and a sensuous exploration of metamorphosis.’ – BooksLIVE

Sheila O’Flanagan is No 1 in Ireland!

Sheila O’Flanagan has taken the number one spot in Ireland with the paperback release of IF YOU WERE ME last week. She’s also no. 8 in the Sunday Times chart in the UK.

Headline have sold more than 6 million books by Sheila, and her next novel, MY MOTHER’S SECRET, is published in July.  It will be Sheila’s 21st novel. She has also published 3 volumes of short stories.

Praise for Sheila O’Flanagan:

‘Sparkling and inspiring ... a must for the contemporary woman.’ – Ireland on Sunday

‘Magnificent, feel-good stuff ’ – The Bookseller

‘Sheila O’Flanagan writes with fluency as she explores territories of friendship, love and sweet revenge, and into it all, she tips a light comic touch.’ – Irish Independent

FILM ADAPTATION OF CAROL SHIELDS’ UNLESS SHOOTS IN TORONTO

A film based on Carol Shields’ award-winning final novel Unless has commenced principal photography in Toronto, Canada.

An Irish-Canadian co-production between Subotica Entertainment and Sienna Films, Unless was adapted and will be directed by Alan Gilsenan and stars Catherine Keener. The cast also features Matt Craven, Hannah Gross, Chloe Rose, Abigail Winter, Martha Henry and Hanna Schygulla. Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny will produce for Sienna Films and Tristan Orpen Lynch and Aoife O’Sullivan for Subotica.

Unless tells the story of a writer and translator called Reta Winters (Keener) whose comfortable Toronto existence is shaken when she discovers her college bound daughter Norah (Gross) has been discovered panhandling on a street corner, now apparently mute.

Director Gilsenan commented: “Carol Shields Unless is her surprising, moving and angry swan-song, a book both for our time and very much of our time. It is a real honour and delight to be finally bringing it to the cinema screen with such an extraordinary cast.”

The film rights option agreement between Subotica and the Carol Shields Literary Estate was negotiated by Conrad Williams of Blake Friedmann and Aoife O’Sullivan of Subotica.

DEON MEYER’S DEAD BEFORE DYING ENTERS PRODUCTION IN CAPE TOWN

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An international co-production based on Deon Meyer’s first crime novel Dead Before Dying has begun filming in Cape Town, SA. The English language 6-part series is being produced by All In Productions and Out of Africa Entertainment.

The series centres on Deon’s Mat Joubert character as he is paired with a new partner, Sanctus Snook, to investigate a series of murders in the Cape Province concerning a group of aspiring European models lured to the Cape of Good Hope with the promise of photo shoots and lucrative appearance fees.

Norwegian actor Trond Espen Seim plays Joubert, with Resident Evil star Boris Kodjoe taking the role of Snook. The series has been adapted by Anna Tebbe and will be directed by Peter Ladkani. Annette Reeker, Zeljko Karajica and Samantha Putter will executive produce.

ANY OTHER MOUTH LONGLISTED FOR THE EDGE HILL SHORT STORY PRIZE

Anneliese Mackintosh’s powerful debut novel, ANY OTHER MOUTH has been longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2015. The shortlist will be released in May, and the winners announced at an award ceremony on 2 July at the Free World Centre, London. Nominees will compete for the main prize of £5,000.

ANY OTHER MOUTH is a collection of powerful short stories involving a young woman, Gretchen, and her search for identity, happiness and self-discovery. It was published by Freight Books in June 2014 and has since received wonderful reviews. ANY OTHER MOUTH won the Green Carnation Prize, was shortlisted for the Saltire Society’s First Book Award and longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.

Anneliese Mackintosh was born in Germany and now lives in Manchester where she writes, performs, works and teaches.

Praise for ANY OTHER MOUTH:

‘Mackintosh is a real talent and ANY OTHER MOUTH is a remarkable debut.’ - The Independent

‘Beautifully crafted snapshots… one of the UK’s most exciting new voices.’ - The List

‘Among the most important debuts of the year… by turns funny, affecting, heartening and strange, this is a hugely impressive first book.’ – Global Civilian