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Video: Mike Nicol on WH Auden, Cape Town and Why He Doesn’t Favour the Police Procedural

BBC Radio 4 recently chatted to crime fiction author Mike Nicol about his stories which “expose the shady underside” of sunny South Africa.

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Nicol speaks about Cape Town as the perfect setting for his stories and says he’s tried to capture the spectacular beauty of the mountain and the two oceans in contrast with the apartheid geography of the city.

Nicol says that writing a crime novel is a way to deal with social and political issues without being too academic about it. He argues that the people who inherited the country are beginning to use it as a personal cash till and quotes WH Auden to explain why it is important to look to the past for answers on the present situation: “Those to whom evil is done / Do evil in return.”

Watch the video to find out why Nicol doesn’t favour the trend in crime fiction of the police procedural:

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