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Fools Gold

R280.00

An anthology of selected short stories, to celebrate 12 years of publishing short stories. All of the stories were previously published by Modjaji Books.

An anthology of selected short stories, all of which were previously published in an individual writer’s collection or in either Stray or The Bed Book of Short Stories published by Modjaji Books. The authors include Sarah Lotz (internationally best selling author), Lauri Kubuitsile, Makhosazana Xaba, Meg Vandermerwe, Arja Salafranca, Wame Molefhe, Jolyn Phillips, Melissa de Villiers, Sandra Hill, Reneilwe Malatji, Jayne Bauling, Jo-Ann Bekker, Julia Martin, Isabella Morris, Alex Smith, Isabella Morris and Colleen Higgs.

Several of the authors went on to win awards for their collections, see below, and one of the stories was shortlisted for the Caine Prize. Modjaji has a proud history of publishing debut short story collections that are successful in literary and sales terms. There are few other publishers who take the risk of publishing debut short story collections.

“Botswana Rain” by Wame Molefhe, from From Go Tell The Sun (2011)

“The Red Earth” by Meg Vandermerwe, from This Place I Call Home (2010)

“The Thin Line” by Arja Salafranca, from The Thin Line (2010)

“Stains Like a Map” by Jayne Bauling The Bed Book of Short Stories (2010)

“In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata” by Lauri Kubuitsile (shortlisted for the Caine Prize in 2011), from The Bed Book of Short Stories (2010)

“Fool’s Gold” by Tinashe Chidyausiku, from The Bed Book of Short Stories (2010)

“The Outsider” by Isabella Morris, from The Bed Book of Short Stories (2010)

“Heaven (or Something Like It)” by Sarah Lotz, from The Bed Book for Short Stories (2010)

“Spying” by Colleen Higgs, from Looking for Trouble and other stories (2012)

“Vicious Cycle by Reneilwe Malatji”, from Love Interrupted (2013), co-winner of the Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award in 2014

“Prayers” by Makhosazana Xaba, from Running & other stories (2014), co-winner of the Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award in 2014

“The Chameleon House” by Melissa de Villiers, from The Chameleon House (2015)

“Southbound” by Sandra Hill, from Unsettled and Other Stories (2015), winner of the Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award in 2016

“Letter to Management” by Julia Martin, from Stray: An Anthology of Animal Short Stories and Poems (2015)

“The Dream of Cats is all about Mice” by Alex Smith, from Stray: An Anthology of Animal Short Stories and Poems (2015)

“The Fisherman” by Jolyn Phillips, from Tjieng Tjang Tjerries & other stories (2016), winner of the NIHSS Award in 2018

“The Good Housekeeping Magazine Quiz” by Jo-Ann Bekker, from Asleep Awake Asleep (2019)