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Tjieng Tjang Tjerries and other stories


Jolyn Phillips

A strikingly written debut collection of vivid short stories set in and around Gansbaai, a small coastal town in South Africa’s Western Cape.

A strikingly written debut collection of vivid short stories set in and around Gansbaai, a small coastal town in South Africa’s Western Cape.

Jolyn Phillips

Jolyn Phillips

Jolyn Phillips was born and grew up in Blompark, Gansbaai on the western Cape coast. She is currently working on her PhD in Language Education at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and is a 2014 Mandela Rhodes Scholar. In 2013 she completed a Masters in Creative Writing at UWC. Since 2012, she has participated in the Open Book and the Franschoek Literary Festivals. Her writing has also been published in Aerodrome, an online literary website, an anthology This Land I Call Home (UWC CREATES) and Ghost Eater and Other Stories (Umuzi). Tjieng Tjang Tjerries and other stories is her first book.

“An impressive debut that brings across voices never heard before in South African English – not only in rhythm and timbre, but plumbing the unspoken. With such a remarkable ear, Jolyn Philips is a young writer to watch.”
Antjie Krog

“It is rare that one encounters a debut as good as this one. Humane, humorous and completely original, these sparkling stories gives a voice to a South African community too long ignored by the literary canon. Jolyn Phillips is a gifted young writer to watch.”
Meg Vandermerwe (Zebra Crossing and This Place I Call Home)

“A most original new voice in South African literature”
Shaun Johnson (The Native Commissioner)

“The book’s quality and style of writing is of high standard. Its content is South African. Tjieng Tjang Tjerries & other stories is a long-awaited body of knowledge about the lives of the very ordinary, the poor and marginalised. It is a strikingly original work of narrative fiction based on the mimetics of life. The texture of the writing is finely laced and covers a wide range of emotional modalities from the tragic to comical.”
HSS judging panel 2018

“[Phillips] writes with a clear lyricism that seems to be plain speaking but is actually a careful weaving of tone and place. Her writing… soars and swoops. Tjieng Tjang Tjerries and other stories gives the sense that something new and lovely is being made.”
Diane Awerbuck, Sunday Times

“Familiar, impactful and, at times, heartbreaking, this is a powerful must-read.”
Karen Tennant, Glamour SA

“A hilarious and insightful collection of interwoven short stories centred around the small fishing village of Gansbaai. Jolyn transports you into the lives of this horrendously underrepresented community.” – Lauren Ellwood, Goodreads reviewer

“These short stories celebrate the expressiveness of the language, a bearer of the culture, and are an absolute delight.” Penny de Vries, African Writing Book Review