Nederlands Dagblad review of Op de veranda

Nederlands Dagblad review of Op de veranda

Hans Ester of the Nederlands Dagblad posted the following review of Op de veranda (The Shouting in the Dark) in January.

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For those who don’t read Nederlands, the final line calls the book “a strong, hard-hitting novel that makes the reader long for more”.

Revisiting History: Cecil John Rhodes and Other African Stories with Professor Elleke Boehmer

Revisiting History: Cecil John Rhodes and Other African Stories with Professor Elleke Boehmer

Elleke will be participating in the Oundle Festival of Literature on 29 February 2016. Her talk and reading will explore how we re-tell and interpret history – take a particular angle, look from an alternative viewpoint, or consider oppositions. Elleke will look both at the dominant and recently contentious history of relatively well-known (though poorly understood), figures such as the imperial ‘colussus’ Cecil John Rhodes in South Africa, and will compare this to quieter, marginal, provincial histories, such as the story of the central character Ella in her novel, The Shouting in the Dark.

Is it possible that fiction is in certain ways more ‘true’ than history or biography? We will consider how we deal with the still widely prevalent legacies of empire that we find here in Britain today.

Writing Across Lines: History, Memory and the Imagination Elleke Boehmer

Writing Across Lines: History, Memory and the Imagination Elleke Boehmer

Elleke Boehmer, Professor or World Literature in English at Oxford University and biographer of Nelson Mandela, will give the Writers’ Centre at Norwich a revealing behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Shouting in the Dark. This interactive World Literature masterclass is a must for anyone interested in life writing, and will offer practical advice on the creative and technical issues of using fiction as a tool for exploring big ideas.

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The Witness review of <em>The Shouting in the Dark</em>

The Witness review of The Shouting in the Dark

The Witness‘s Moira Lovell has written this of The Shouting in the Dark:

While Boehmer is a skilful writer, she has created, in The Shouting in the Dark, an uncomfortable read . . .

Mail & Guardian review of <em>The Shouting in the Dark</em>

Mail & Guardian review of The Shouting in the Dark

The Mail & Guardian‘s Jane Rosenthal has written the following of The Shouting in the Dark:

It’s a remarkably involving story in which Boehmer shows us how the complex and clever old tyrant nevertheless shapes his daughter’s political sensitivity, if only in resistance. A subtle and passionate voice, Boehmer examines survival in all its manifestations in a new country.

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