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20. #womenwriters #readwomen Rosemund Handler recommends…

‘I don’t have one favourite woman writer; I have many.  I can single out three women writers whose work I enjoy very much, who depict the complexities of suffering, struggling humanity with sensitivity, vision and compassion.   The writers are Kate Atkinson, Pat Barker and Rose Tremain.  The Regeneration Trilogy by Pat Barker ranks high: comprised of three linked novels, it portrays real and fictional characters during the First World War, and deserved the Booker prize it won.’


us and themRosemund’s latest novel is Us and Them, published 2012 by Penguin. FOR THE DURATION is a poetry collection published by Botsotso in 2015, featuring my poetry as well as the work of Jana van Niekerk and Natalie Railoun.


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Rosemund J Handler loves to hike the glorious mountains of Cape Town, where she lives. When she can, she escapes the city to view animals and birds in the vast open spaces of the beloved country – conducive to stargazing, wine sipping and the reading of good fiction. Her poetry has been published in various anthologies and literary journals. Rosemund’s four novels are published by Penguin and are available in good bookstores and on e-books: Us and Them (2012) is the story of a Jewish family shackled to its heritage and the effect on twin daughters; Tsamma Season (2009) is set in the Kalahari Desert around 1900.  It was shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth Prize, Africa region; Madlands (2012) is about a woman with bipolar disorder.  The book was written during her MA in creative writing at UCT. Katy’s Kid (2008) is set in Cape Town, and is the story of two sex workers and a child.


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