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A Measure of Excellence in South African Literature: Art-Movie-Book Interviews Claire Robertson

The Magistrate of GowerThe latest author to be featured on the Art-Movie-Book website is Claire Robertson.

Robertson’s debut novel, The Spiral House, won the Sunday Times Fiction Prize and a South African Literary Award, and was shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Debut Prize.

Robertson chatted to Art-Movie-Book about her new novel, The Magistrate of Gower, at the Winston Hotel in Johannesburg, before the launch event at Love Books in Melville, with Michele Magwood of the Sunday Times.

Art-Movie-Book notes Robertson’s consummate skill at the historical novel; an opinion that Magwood shared at the book’s launch:

Robertson insists that she is not a political writer and although her immaculate attention to historical detail cannot be denied, this is a timeless narrative that has in the past and is sure to repeat itself in the future. [...] On the evening of her book launch for the Magistrate of Gower, Michele Magwood of the Sunday Times gave her the most wonderful accolade, referring to her as a measure of excellence in South African literature.

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