: Strauss (N.)

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344pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2023


Historical novel.

In 1900, during the Anglo-Boer War, British doctor Oliver Glenville joins the field hospital at Deelfontein. Klara Grootboom, a cleaner, makes a request that goes against all his principles and yet he finds he can't say no to her. More than a hundred years later a Cape Town artist creates an exhibition about Deelfontein and discovers a family connection.

Nicole Jaekel Strauss' debut collection of short stories, Maal,  won the 2011 Eugène Marais Prize and the UJ debut prize. Her second book of short stories, As in die mond, was published in 2017. She lives in Cape Town.