Stray includes journalism, fiction, humour, poetry and memoir. It’s a blend of classic works and fresh new material written especially for this cause. The authors have generously contributed or written stories and other works for free to help raise funds for TEARS Animal Rescue.
A deadbeat printer wakes up to discover a most unusual pet – a sphinx – in his home; a hijacked taxi full of sleeping baboons leads to a riot in a shopping mall; a snake handler engages in a war of wits with Soweto police; a fire on Chapman’s Peak reveals an impossibly rare creature; a very feisty cat gets mixed up with a drug-smuggling ring; a trickster trains his dog to masquerade as a service animal – and lots more.
Suitable for animal-lovers of all ages, there’s something here for every reader – funny, quirky, fantastic, sad, reflective and exciting, these stories, extracts and poems will leave you purring.
Diane Awerbuck develops materials for educational publishers, having honed her skills at Electric Book Works. She reviews both fiction and non-fiction, and blogs for Mail and Guardian’s Thoughtleader. Her first novel, Gardening at Night, was awarded the Commonwealth Best First Book Award (Africa and the Caribbean) in 2004 and was short-listed for the Dublin IMPAC Award in 2005. Her short stories are published regularly in magazines and anthologies, and her work has been translated into German, Swedish, Mandarin and Russian. Recent publications include a doctorate – The Spirit and the Letter: Warblogs, Trauma and the Public Sphere – from the University of Cape Town, where Awerbuck was a Mellon Foundation Fellow. A collection of short stories, Cabin Fever, was published by Umuzi in June 2011 and her novel, Home Remedies, was on the shelves in September 2012. In 2013 Awerbuck collated a collection of short stories by new South African writers titled The Ghost-Eater and Other Stories.
Helen Moffett is an author, activist, editor and recovering academic. She has published poetry, short stories, anthologies, textbooks, academic writings, erotica (as one-third of Helena S. Paige with Sarah Lotz and Paige Nick) and a cricket book. She is easily distracted. Her fur-children are two tortoiseshell girls, Meg and Lily. She blogs and rants at www.helenmoffett.bookslive.co.za/blog and can be found on Twitter @heckitty.
This book ripples and shines with scales and fur and feathers: a fascinating, gloriously various read.
“The book is an ark of creatures lovingly imagined and brought to life. The bite-sized tales make it perfect reading for those quiet moments when nothing other than the company of something warm and furry will do. Stray conjures memories of pets long gone and leaves you grinning at the chaos unexpected wild animals can cause in suburbia.”
Terri Dunbar-Curran, Cape Times