Ali Land, the author of Good Me Bad Me—‘one of the most extraordinary, controversial and explosive literary debuts of 2017’—is in South Africa this week.
Good Me Bad Me is Land’s debut novel, and has already been translated into over 20 languages. Land will be at a number of events around Cape Town, including the Open Book Festival.
Land answered a few questions for Penguin Random House SA ahead of her visit:
What is the last book you read and loved?
Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg. A gothic and chilling tale that thrusts you into the heart of a Utopian commune gone wrong. I love that Wasserberg uses a child narrator and although she doesn’t shy away from complex and disturbing issues, she handles them with sensitivity. I found her use of language on one hand, to be playful, naming the children Green, Blue, Pet and Egg, whilst also sophisticated and layered when describing the environment and emotional responses. A seriously accomplished debut.