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Klein Karoo Comes to Kalk Bay: Sally Andrew’s Recipes for Love and Murder Launched with Sandra Prinsloo

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The success of Sally Andrew’s debut novel is nothing short of phenomenal. It comes with a long and intriguing title, Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery, and publishing rights for the book have already been sold in 17 countries. This delicious murder mystery set in the Klein Karoo has also been recorded as an audiobook by Book Talk, with Sandra Prinsloo narrating the voice of Tannie Maria.

The audience who gathered at Kalk Bay Books to celebrate the launch of Recipes for Love and Murder were welcomed by the author, looking radiant in a scarlet taffeta and tulle frock. Her sassy outfit was completed with matching red veldskoene from the nearby Muizenberg Market. As it happened, the day of the launch was also Andrew’s birthday, so attendees were also treated to scrumptious chocolate cake on their arrival. Prinsloo, who was to interview Andrew about her book, presented the author with a pair of oven gloves. She explained her gift saying, “Because you’re too hot to handle!”

Sally Andrew and Sandra PrinslooRecipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria MysteryThe formal part of the launch commenced with Prinsloo, an accomplished actress, reading the first chapter of the book aloud, bringing to life the hilarious embodiment of Tannie Maria.

Prinsloo praised the book for it’s warmth, unpretentiousness and earthy humour. She confessed to “falling in love” with the narrator, who presented her with so much fun while recording the story. “The only problem was that there were so many gorgeous recipes that I got very, very hungry! My tummy kept rumbling which caused the sound engineer no small amount of anxiety,” she said.

Andrew spoke about the overwhelming and wonderful process of publishing a book, and about the forthcoming translation of her novel into Hebrew, Dutch, Armenian and Chinese. “Are you going to do the translations yourself?” Prinsloo asked. “Of course,” quipped Andrew, “the magic of the book lies in the poetry of the words, so it’s really important that the author do the translation directly. The problem is it will take a little while. It’s a slow process to learn 13 languages simultaneously. Estonian is particularly tricky. It’s just consonants with a vowel tossed in every now and again.”

On a more serious note, Andrew spoke about the process and discipline of writing, her journey to the Karoo and the pride she felt in her family. She expressed her enormous gratitude to all who had contributed to the success of the publication and the launch event. She also commented on the profound influence that her high school Afrikaans teacher, Ronel Gouws, had on her discovery and love of the language. “Tannie Maria speaks in English, but swears in Afrikaans!”, Andrew said. Since Andrew is an Engelse meisie and Tannie Maria a Karoo tannie, she had need for feedback about Afrikaans language and culture. One of the comments she received from Anel Hammersma was a need to explain why this “tannie does not attend church”.

The evening was a real treat with delicious cake, great company, hilarious banter and a wonderful new book – it couldn’t be better if Tannie Maria herself had planned the celebration.

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Liesl Jobson (@LieslJobson) tweeted live from the event using the hashtag #livebooks:


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