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Snake is here at long last!
If you’re near Kalk Bay on Thursday the 27th October, please come for a glass of wine to send this strange (and, I hope, thrilling) book off into the wilderness.

27 October • 17:30

Kalk Bay Books

Main Road, Kalk Bay

Cape Town, South Africa


Kalk Bay Books and Modjaji Books are delighted to invite you to the launch of Snake by Tracey Farren. Snake is Tracey’s second novel, coming after Whiplash, a novel that caused quite a stir when it was published and which was short-listed for the Sunday Times Fiction Award in 2009.

Join the delightful, charismatic Sarah Lotz as she introduces Tracey Farren and talks to Tracey about Snake.


… “When the luminous stranger arrives on the farm, twelve year old Stella is convinced that Jerry has come to heal her family.

Now she tells the ‘terrible trouble’ to a tabloid journalist in an effort to save the little that is left.

The stage contains a metal wash tub, a traumatised child and a hard-hearted journalist. The script veers between love and violence, shining a naked bulb on psychosis and the preposterous ways in which people express their shame. Snake is a tabloid tale told in a young girl’s sincere, anxious voice, bringing humanity to the theatre of the insane.”

About the author:

Tracey lives in False Bay with her partner, some dogs and children of a range of ages. She has a psychology honours degree from UCT. She started out as a freelance journalist, publishing on a range of social issues before turning to fiction. In 2008, she published her first novel, Whiplash
(Modjaji Books). She won a White Ribbon award from Women Demand Dignity and Whiplash was short listed for the Sunday Times Fiction Award. Tracey then wrote Whiplash as a film script under the auspices of the National Film and Video Foundation. Snake is her second novel.

About Sarah Lotz:

Sarah is an award-winning author and scriptwriter. She has published three novels, Tooth and Nailed, Exhibit A and Pompidou Posse. She co-authored two novels, Deadlands (under the name Lily Herne with her daughter Suzannah Lotz) and The Mall (under the name S.L. Grey with Louis Greenberg).


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