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Green Lion

Henrietta Rose-Innes
Publisher: Aardvark Bureau
21st August 2017

When a lion at a Cape Town breeding park mauls one of his old school friends, drifter Con finds himself drawn into becoming the keeper of Sekhmet, a black-maned lioness and the last of her species left on earth.

In a near-future South Africa where fences keep both people and wildlife apart, park officials and investors are in turmoil about their flagship big-cat project, while a cult of animal lovers seek to claim the lion as their own. Meanwhile, Con grows distant from his girlfriend as he becomes steadily more bonded to his enigmatic charge. Will looking after the lioness offer Con a chance for redemption, or will the tragedy that haunts his past finally catch up with him?

A quietly powerful novel about both the conflict and compassion that connects mankind to the natural world, by a prize-winning voice in South African literature. 

Praise for Henrietta Rose-Innes
‘Henrietta Rose-Innes’ work is long overdue for discovery by a wider readership.’ Patrick Gale

‘A state-of-the-nation narrative but without losing the laser-like focus of an intimate psychological thriller… Ninevah is a shrewd narrative tease that invites you above all to think.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘A compellingly enigmatic story… an eloquent vignette of the ‘new’ South Africa.’ Guardian

‘Henrietta Rose-Innes is a writer almost in the Virginia Woolf mould – lateral of mind and poetic in her style of narration.Sunday Times (South Africa)

About the Author
Henrietta Rose-Innes is from Cape Town and is currently completing a PhD at UEA. She won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2008, the PEN Short Story Prize in 2007, and was runner-up in the BBC Short Story Award 2012. Her work is included in the Granta Book of the African Short Story (2011) and has been published in a number of languages. She won the François Sommer Literary Prize in 2015. Both Ninevah and Green Lion were shortlisted for South Africa’s prestigious Sunday Times Fiction Prize.