Michiel Heyns

Agent: Isobel Dixon

Biography: Professor Emeritus in English, Stellenbosch University. Author of numerous academic works and radio adaptations of Henry James' and Elizabeth Gaskell's novels. Author of BODIES POLITIC (Jonathan Ball 2008); THE TYPEWRITER'S TALE (Jonathan Ball 2006, Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize); THE RELUCTANT PASSENGER (Jonathan Ball 2003, France: Lattes, 2007); THE CHILDREN'S DAY (Jonathan Ball 2002; US: Tin House) and translator of Marlene van Niekerk's multiple award-winning THE WAY OF THE WOMEN (which was also shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize). 

Winner of the Thomas Pringle Award for journalism 2007 and the Sol Plaatje award for translation, 2008.

Shortlisted for University of Johannesburg Main Prize 2008/9.

Longlisted for the Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize (2015) - A SPORTFUL MALICE 

'Michiel Heyns has fast become one of South Africa's most respected novelists.' -- M Blackman, Sunday Independent

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A SPORTFUL MALICE Literary fiction, 264 pages. Jonathan Ball (South Africa) June 2014. A witty and surprising story of vanity and artistry, Caravaggio and social media, and love and revenge under the Tuscan sun…

A SPORTFUL MALICE

Literary fiction, 264 pages. Jonathan Ball (South Africa) June 2014.

A witty and surprising story of vanity and artistry, Caravaggio and social media, and love and revenge under the Tuscan sun…

LOST GROUND Literary fiction, 312 pages Jonathan Ball (South Africa) - March 14, 2011 Winner of the Sunday Times Fiction Award 2012 Winner of Herman Charles Bosman Prize 2012 Peter, a freelance writer in London, returns to his South African home town for the first time in years, after the brutal murder of his beautiful cousin, in search of a career-defining story.

LOST GROUND

Literary fiction, 312 pages
Jonathan Ball (South Africa) - March 14, 2011

Winner of the Sunday Times Fiction Award 2012
Winner of Herman Charles Bosman Prize 2012

Peter, a freelance writer in London, returns to his South African home town for the first time in years, after the brutal murder of his beautiful cousin, in search of a career-defining story.

THE CHILDREN'S DAY Literary fiction, 244 pages Tin House - May 2009 A coming-of-age novel written with tenderness, humour and bite. ‘Fascinating… Mr Heyns’ novel deserves a wide readership.’ -- Wall Street Journal

THE CHILDREN'S DAY

Literary fiction, 244 pages
Tin House - May 2009

A coming-of-age novel written with tenderness, humour and bite.

‘Fascinating… Mr Heyns’ novel deserves a wide readership.’ -- Wall Street Journal

THE TYPEWRITER'S TALE Literary fiction, 233 pages Jonathan Ball (South Africa) - November 2005 Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize Africa Region 2006 Shortlisted for the Herman Charles Bosman Prize in South Africa Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize Frieda Worth is Henry James' fictional typewriter, caught up in the friendships and rivalries at James' house in Rye.

THE TYPEWRITER'S TALE

Literary fiction, 233 pages
Jonathan Ball (South Africa) - November 2005

Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize Africa Region 2006
Shortlisted for the Herman Charles Bosman Prize in South Africa
Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize

Frieda Worth is Henry James' fictional typewriter, caught up in the friendships and rivalries at James' house in Rye.