193pp., paperback, First English Language Edition, Cape Town, 2019
Originally published in 2018 in Afrikaans as Die Troebel Tyd.
A novel about a zoologist who, while suffering from depression, insults her head of department. Her academic career at an end, she accepts a job at the Bureau for Continuing Education, which changes her life dramatically.
The Afrikaans edition won the 2018 "Groot Afrikaanse Romanwedstryd".
Ingrid Winterbach was born in Johannesburg in 1948. She worked as a teacher and a journalist, and lectured in the Fine Arts Department at the University of Stellenbosch and in Afrikaans and Dutch at the University of Natal. She has been writing and painting full time since 2002. She is the author of "Karolina Ferreira" (M-Net Prize and Old Mutual Literature Prize), "Buller se Plan" (W.A.Hofmeyr Prize), Niggie (Hertzog Prize), "Die Boek van Toeval en Toeverlaat" (M-Net Prize, W.A.Hofmeyr Prize, University of Johannesburg Prize) and "Die Benederyk" (M-Net Prize).