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Gallic Books, Nov 15, 2016 - Fiction - 300 pages
An elegant and evocative novel about people, place – and pests – by one of South Africa’s most exciting writers. Katya Grubbs, like her father before her, deals in ‘the unlovely and unloved’. Yet in contrast to her father, she is not in the business of pest extermination, but pest relocation. Katya’s unconventional approach brings her to the attention of a property developer whose luxury estate on the fringes of Cape Town, Nineveh, remains uninhabited thanks to an infestation of mysterious insects. As Katya is drawn ever deeper into the chaotic urban wilderness of Nineveh, she must confront unwelcome intrusions from her own past.

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An unusual story about a 'humane pest controller' who is called to a job at an immense, luxurious residential complex called Nineveh, which has never been lived in because of a persistent problem with ... Read full review


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It's not every novel that has as its protagonist a pest removal specialist. Following her father in the family business, Katya Grubbs is indeed willing to get rid of anything that creeps and crawls ... Read full review

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About the author (2016)

Henrietta Rose-Innes is a novelist and short story writer from Cape Town, currently living in the UK while completing a PhD at the University of East Anglia. She won the Caine Prize for African Writing 2008 and the HSBC / PEN Short Story Prize 2007 and was runner-up in the BBC Short Story Award 2012. Her work is included in the Granta Book of the African Short Story (2011) and has been published in a number of languages, including French, Spanish and German.

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