We are thrilled to announce that the adaptation of Deon Meyer’s TRACKERS has been greenlit by Cinemax, who are to co-produce the series with M-Net and ZDF. Rolanda Marais, James Alexander, and Ed Stoppard will star in the thriller series, with filming already underway. Read more about it here!
With 2018 drawing to a close, everyone is sharing their favourite books of the year. At Blake Friedmann, we are so proud that our authors have been featured in so many of these selections. In celebration of these amazing achievements, we have compiled this summary of the lists in which our authors were included, along with the praise that accompanied their selection.
SILENCE IS MY MOTHER TONGUE by Sulaiman Addonia
Brittle Paper, African Books of 2018
'Mesmerizing story… It's impossible not to fall in love with Saba. She brings a ton of emotional texture to the story.'
SLAY IN YOUR LANE by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinene
‘Guide to being a black girl in modern urban Britain which is essential reading for both the women it describes and anyone who could do with a crash course in understanding their lives. Unmissable.’
The Guardian, Favourite Books of 2018
‘Never would I have thought a modern take on the British black female experience would be covered so wonderfully and with such excitement by two British black females. The range of topics were discussion worthy, and filled me for weeks with talking points … BUY A COPY FOR THE NEW YEAR AND BE SURPRISED AND EXCITED.’
Kimberley Sheehan, The Reading Agency, Books of the Year 2018
‘This book is a brilliant starting point to understand what it's like to be woman, black and a Londoner in 2018. It ultimately left me feeling hopeful about the future for women and empowered -- which has been a nice change compared to the rest of the year!’
‘In this highly anticipated work from award-winning journalist Yomi Adegoke and her best friend, marketer Elizabeth Uviebinene SLAY IN YOUR LANE celebrates the gains that black women have already made in Britain whilst also highlighting the work that still needs to be done. It’s an encouraging and honest account of their own lives and a celebration of the achievements of some of Britain’s most successful black women that’ll leave you feeling fired up and hopeful for the future. For black women it serves as an inspiration and for other women and men a guide on how we can better support women of colour.’
CITY WITHOUT STARS by Tim Baker
Jake Kerridge, Crime Time, Best of the Year 2018
Raven Crime Reads, Top 10 Crime Reads of the Year 2018
‘CITY WITHOUT STARS is an intense, emotive and completely absorbing read, suffused with a violent energy, and with an unrelenting pace to its narrative. It heightens the reader’s senses and imagination throughout, completely enveloping the reader in this corrupt and violent society, with instances of intense human frailty and moments of strength, underpinned by precise description, and flurries of dark humour. I thought it was absolutely marvellous.’
The Telegraph, 50 Best Books of 2018
‘A grim but unputdownable thriller set in Mexico, where the homicide rate is so high that a prolific serial killer goes nearly unnoticed.’
UNCOVERED by Ian Birch
Steve Smith, Folio Magazine, The Best Books for Print Lovers 2018
‘This is the book true magazine geeks will appreciate most this holiday… a deft and deep compendium of provocations from titles large and small.’
LITTLE by Edward Carey
The Times, Books of the Year (Historical Fiction)
'Told with extraordinary panache, and illustrated by Edward Carey, this tale of the founder of Madame Tussauds is a macabre joy.'
Sunday Times Culture Magazine, Books of the Year
'Edward Carey's LITTLE is weird, wonderful and unlike any other historical novel this year. Enriched by the author's own illustrations, this retelling of the early life of Marie Grosholtz (aka Madame Tussaud) is both macabre and moving.'
Kirkus, Best Historical Fiction
Amal El-Mohtar, NPR, Best Books of 2018
'Picking up on the same themes of bodies and objects as his Iremonger trilogy, Edward Carey's LITTLE is a tenderly macabre fictional memoir written in the voice of Anne Marie Grosholtz, the woman who would become Madame Tussaud… her life is full of deep sadness mixed with fabulous incident, and compassionate insight punctuated by the author's whimsical illustrations.'
William Ryan, Irish Independent, Authors Top Books of 2018
'A gripping novel of shy wit and darkly humorous occurrences and is mesmerising in its virtuosity. On top of which the author's own illustrations are wonderfully bizarre, as indeed is the story he tells.'
HOLD/HOUSEGIRL by Michael Donkor
Melissa Gray, NPR, Best Books of 2018
‘I hate novels. This is a strong statement, I know – here’s why I make it before telling you about HOUSEGIRL: I hate novels because too often, I know exactly where the story is heading, where the characters are heading. I loved HOUSEGIRL because Michael Donkor's storytelling and character building were so exquisite… Two days after I finished the book, I found myself actually missing the characters. This is a rare accomplishment for a first-time author, which is why I recommend HOUSEGIRL – even though it's a novel.'
The Observer, Best Books of 2018
Brittle Paper, African Books of 2018
'A unique take on the classic "housegirl" narrative.'
PRETEND YOU DON’T KNOW ME by Finuala Dowling
Jackie Kay, The Guardian, Best Books of 2018
‘A witty and wise collection. Her sequence about her mother’s dementia is very touching. Elsewhere, these vital works will have you crying with laughter.’
TODAY SOUTH LONDON, TOMORROW SOUTH LONDON by Andrew Grumbridge and Vincent Raison
Evening Standard, Best Comedy Books and DVDs of 2018
THE CHILDREN’S HOME by Charles Lambert
‘”Abandoned children of varying ages begin showing up at the sprawling estate of a disfigured recluse, Morgan Fletcher,” Carmela Ciuraru wrote, calling it “one of the year’s most bizarre stories.” “Lambert’s subtle prose enhances the novel’s creepiness, as does his refusal to fully resolve or explain its many mysteries.”’
BOOKWORM by Lucy Mangan
Den of Geeks, Top Books of 2018
‘I’d like to report a robbery. Under cover of darkness, writer and Guardian TV critic Lucy Mangan crept into my soul, pocketed my memories and wrote them up beautifully in the guise of her “memoir of childhood reading.”… Lucy Mangan’s funny, warm BOOKWORM is personal and universal in the way that the very best books are… [It] rekindles old obsessions and sends you in search of any stories you may have missed at the time. I loved this book so much, I ate it.’
THE WOMAN IN THE BLUE CLOAK by Deon Meyer
The Times, Books of the Year 2018
'Are novellas making a comeback? If they can match the elegance of [THE WOMAN IN THE BLUE CLOAK], let's hope so. THE WOMAN IN THE BLUE CLOAK is a delicate story of a Dutch paining and the death of a naked woman in Cape Town. As usual, DI Benny Griessel inquires.'
WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT by Sheila O’Flanagan
One of Ireland’s best-selling books of 2018
THE CATALOGUE OF SHIPWRECKED BOOKS by Edward Wilson Lee
The Spectator, Books of the Year
‘the fascinating history of Christopher Columbus’s illegitimate son Hernando, guardian of his father’s flame, courtier, bibliophile and cataloguer supreme, whose travels took him to the heart of 16th-century Europe.’
Deon Meyer’s ‘compelling, action-packed’ post-apocalyptic novel FEVER is published in paperback in the UK today by Hodder. In this Number One bestseller, a father and son’s relationship is put to the test as they attempt to salvage civilisation in a world decimated by a deadly pandemic. FEVER has won international praise since it was first published around the world, with Stephen King comparing it to his own novel THE STAND. TV rights to FEVER have also been optioned to UK independent production company Sid Gentle.
FEVER was a number one bestseller in South Africa after its release by Tafelberg in 2016 in Afrikaans as KOORS and again in 2017 when Jonathan Ball published the English edition translated by K.L. Seegers. Across the Atlantic, it has found a home in Canada with House of Anansi and in the USA with Grove Atlantic. FEVER has also been published in France by Le Seuil, in Germany by Aufbau and Holland by A. W. Bruna, among others. The Dutch edition leaped into the Top 20 in the Netherlands, where Deon was selected as the national Crime and Thriller Week’s Author and commissioned to write a special novella – DE VROUW IN DE BLAUWE MANTEL (THE WOMAN IN THE BLUE CLOAK),
In July 2017, FEVER was shortlisted for the prestigious Nielsen Bookseller’s Choice Award, Meyer’s third title to be nominated for the award. His ground-breaking novel SEVEN DAYS won the award in 2012.
Nico Storm and his father drive across a desolate South Africa, constantly alert for feral dogs, motorcycle gangs, nuclear contamination. They are among the few survivors of a virus that has killed most of the world's population. Young as he is, Nico realises that his superb marksmanship and cool head mean he is destined to be his father's protector.
But Willem Storm, though not a fighter, is a man with a vision. He is searching for a place that can become a refuge, a beacon of light and hope in a dark and hopeless world, a community that survivors will rebuild from the ruins. And so Amanzi is born.
FEVER is the epic, searing story of a group of people determined to carve a city out of chaos.
Deon Meyer’s work has been published in over 27 countries. In 2016, he was the second bestselling author in South Africa in any language, after J.K. Rowling. He won the Deutsche Krimi Preis 2009 for BLOOD SAFARI, the Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policière 2003 for DEAD BEFORE DYING and Le Prix Mystère de la Critique 2004 for DEAD AT DAYBREAK, which was adapted for an Afrikaans M-Net TV series (SA). THIRTEEN HOURS was the winner of the Barry Award in the Best Thriller category 2011 and was shortlisted for the Macavity Best Mystery Novel Award. He has been shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger three times and many of his books have been optioned for film. DEAD BEFORE DYING was filmed for a 6-part TV series, titled CAPE TOWN, featuring his character Mat Joubert.
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Praise for FEVER:
‘FEVER by Deon Meyer is reminiscent of THE STAND and THE PASSAGE. Great stuff.’ — Stephen King
‘Wonderful writing... It is a crime thriller, but it's far more... absorbing, emotional and atmospheric... There are shades of Cormac McCarthy’s superb THE ROAD, but FEVER grips even more.’ — Marcel Berlins, The Times Book of the Month
‘This is less a mystery than a thought-provoking, post-apocalyptic examination of the human condition …With its stunning final revelation, this is a remarkable literary achievement.’ — Booklist Starred Review
‘Compelling, action-packed and fraught with emotion. At its heart it is a powerful exploration of humanity at its best and worst and bears favourable comparison with landmarks of the genre such as Stephen King's The Stand and Cormac McCarthy's The Road. Simply stunning.’ — Daily Express
‘FEVER explores human relationships and resourcefulness and is also a poignant meditation on the love that rises from catastrophe: the love of a parent for a child, a child for his hero, a people for their country and the love of life’ — Foyles
Deon Meyer and his Icelandic translator Dísa Bachmann have been shortlisted for the Icepick Award 2017 for THIRTEEN HOURS (Hodder & Stoughton, 2011).
The Icepick is the Iceland Noir Award for best translated crime fiction in Iceland. The winner will be announced during the Iceland Noir Festival which is held from 14-18 November 2017. Other authors on the shortlist include Ann Cleeves and Jo Nesbø.
THIRTEEN HOURS is part of Deon Meyer’s the Benny Griessel series; the latest of which is ICARUS (Hodder and Stoughton, 2015). Benny Griessel is back, however, in THE WOMAN IN THE BLUE CLOAK, published this summer in Holland as part of their Crime and Thriller Week, with South African and German publications soon to follow. THIRTEEN HOURS is shortlisted for the Icepick Award because of its recent release in Iceland, where SEVEN DAYS will be following soon.
Meyer is the winner of the 2011 Boeke Prize in South Africa and shortlisted for the 2010 CWA International Dagger for Best Translated Crime Fiction. Meyer’s books have been sold in 23 countries, and have been awarded many prizes around the world: the Deutsche Krimi Prize in Germany, the ATKV Prize in South Africa, and Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policière and Le Prix Mystère de la Critique in France. COBRA was shortlisted for the 2015 CWA International Dagger, THIRTEEN HOURS was shortlisted for the 2010 CWA International Dagger, and HEART OF THE HUNTER, was longlisted for the 2005 IMPAC Prize and selected as one of Chicago Tribune's '10 best mysteries and thrillers of 2004'.
Deon Meyer’s stunning standalone post-apocalyptic thriller, FEVER was published in the UK and Holland earlier this year, and this month in the US and Canada by Grove Atlantic and House of Anansi respectively.
’Reminiscent of THE STAND and THE PASSAGE. Great stuff.’ – Stephen King
FEVER, the number one bestseller by Deon Meyer, is published today in in the USA by Grove Atlantic, hot on the heels of the Canadian publication by House of Anansi. Translated into English by K.L. Seegers, FEVER shot to the top of the South African charts after its release in English, (Hodder and Jonathan Ball, 2017), having already been No. 1 in its Afrikaans edition, KOORS (Tafelberg, 2016). The Dutch edition (A.W. Bruna, 2017) also leaped into the Top 20 in the Netherlands, where Deon was selected as the national Crime and Thriller Week’s Author and commissioned to write a special novella – DE VROUW IN DE BLAUWE MANTEL (THE WOMAN IN THE BLUE CLOAK), which features his beloved police detective Benny Griessel. THE WOMAN IN THE BLUE CLOAK, will be published later this year by NB Publishers in South Africa, and Aufbau in Germany.
Stephen King has described FEVER as ‘great stuff’, reminiscent of Justin Cronin’s THE PASSAGE and his own novel THE STAND. FEVER is an Amazon Sci-Fi Book of the Month for September and was described as ‘a remarkable literary achievement’ in Booklist’s Starred Review. It has also drawn praise from other writers:
‘FEVER is one of the best books of the year. Deon Meyer is a masterful writer and has created a stunning epic that brims with emotion. The mystery, thrills, and action kept me riveted to every page. Highly recommended.’ — Adam Hamdy, author of Pendulum
‘FEVER bears comparison with landmarks in the genre such as THE STAND ...The novel explores humanity at its best and worst; the crushing loss of civilisation with everything that means for the structure of society...This great book asks us to reflect on our own hidden natures - how would we react if the world we knew came to an end tomorrow?’ — Vaseem Khan, author of The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra
Deon Meyer’s work has been published in over 27 countries. In 2016, he was the second bestselling author in South Africa in any language, after J.K. Rowling. His novel THIRTEEN HOURS has just been shortlisted for the Icepick Award, to be awarded at the Iceland Noir Festival in November 2017. He also won the Deutsche Krimi Preis 2009 for BLOOD SAFARI, Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policière 2003 for DEAD BEFORE DYING and Le Prix Mystère de la Critique 2004 for DEAD AT DAYBREAK, which was adapted for an Afrikaans M-Net TV series (SA). THIRTEEN HOURS was the winner of the Barry Award in the Best Thriller category 2011 and was shortlisted for the Macavity Best Mystery Novel Award. He has been shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger three times and many of his books have been optioned for film. DEAD BEFORE DYING was filmed for a 6-part TV series, titled CAPE TOWN, featuring his character Mat Joubert.
Praise for Deon Meyer:
‘Deon Meyer is not just South Africa’s greatest crime writer, he’s up there with the best in the world.’ — Marcel Berlins, The Times
‘Deon Meyer's name on the cover is a guarantee of crime writing at its best.’ — Tess Gerritsen
'Deon Meyer is one of the giants of crime fiction.' — El Mundo
‘Deon Meyer is a top notch plotter and has created one of the best ensemble (and multi-racial) casts of any modern police procedural series.’ — Shots magazine
‘Crime fiction with real texture and intelligence.’ — Independent
Follow Deon on Twitter @MeyerDeon.