New novel from Achmat Dangor to be published by Picador Africa in 2017

A new novel from award-winning poet and novelist Achmat Dangor will be published in southern Africa under the PICADOR AFRICA imprint next year, alongside a new edition of the Booker-shortlisted novel BITTER FRUIT, which will be published as part of the Picador Africa Classics series.

Dangor, whose works include KAFKA’S CURSE (1997) and the 2004 Booker-shortlisted BITTER FRUIT, and STRANGE PILGRIMAGES (2013), an acclaimed collection of short stories, lives and works in Johannesburg. His novels have been translated into 14 languages.

‘I am honoured that Pan Macmillan is to publish my new novel and reissue BITTER FRUIT. Both books explore, through eyes of ordinary people, the unresolved legacies of our troubled past.’ – Achmat Dangor

Andrea Nattrass, Dangor’s publisher at Pan Macmillan said: ‘I am delighted that Pan Macmillan will have the opportunity to work with Achmat Dangor to publish his new novel in 2017, as well as to bring an absolute classic, in BITTER FRUIT, back to our local bookstores and readers. Achmat’s writing is a national literary treasure.’

His agent, Isobel Dixon, added ‘BITTER FRUIT is one of the great classics of South African literature, a searing novel still so relevant in so many ways. I’m thrilled that it will reach new readers under the Picador Africa Classics banner, and that Pan Macmillan will also be publishing an exciting new novel by Achmat next year.’

For more information on Achmat and his work, click here.

Blake Friedmann Authors at the Edinburgh Festival!


The Edinburgh International Book Festival kicks off on 10th August, with many Blake Friedmann authors on the bill.

Deon Meyer will be in conversation with Gordon Ferris on the subject of crime fiction on Sunday 11 August - details here. See more about Deon Meyer here.

Peter James will be talking about his Roy Grace novels on Tuesday 13th August - details here. See more about Peter James here.

Achmat Dangor will be talking with Sindiwe Magona about 'Getting Over Apartheid' on Monday 19th August - details here.

Laurie Penny will be discussing her book DISCORDIA and the Greek Financial Crisis on Tuesday 20th August - details here.

South African author Henrietta Rose-Innes will appear with Sifiso Mzobe as part of the First Book Award Nominee series of events on Monday 26th August - details here. Henrietta will also be participating in one of the daily Imprisoned Writers events on Monday 19th August, run by Amnesty International at 17:30 in the Peppers Theatre. See more about Henrietta Rose-Innes here.

Meanwhile as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Eddie Argos' show ISLANDERS is on at Underbelly, Cowgate from 1st - 25th August (Details here), as is Rachel Hirons' show DIRTY LAUNDRY (details here). More information about Rachel Hirons here.

Carole Blake, Isobel Dixon and Juliet Pickering will also be attending the Book Festival.

The Edinburgh Festival is one of the largest arts events in the world and takes place for three weeks every August in Scotland's capital city. More information about the festival here.