Lauren Beukes is the award-winning and internationally best-selling South African author of The Shining Girls, Zoo City and Broken Monsters, among other works. Her novels have been published in 24 countries and are being adapted for film and TV. She's also a screenwriter, comics writer journalist and award-winning documentary maker. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her daughter and two troublesome cats.
A new kind of thriller. A dark, relentless, time-twisting, page-turning. It shines -- Matt Haig Masterful. Lauren Beukes is very *very* good -- William Gibson Utterly original, beautifully written, and I must say, it creeped the holy bejasus out of me. This is something special -- Tana French I'm all over it -- Gillian Flynn, number one bestselling author of * Gone Girl * Scary as hell and hypnotic. I couldn't put it down * Stephen King * Brilliant ... engrossing ... I will be looking forward to whatever Lauren Beukes does next. She's a major, major talent -- George RR Martin, internationally bestselling author of * A Song of Ice and Fire * Unreservedly recommended * Joe Hill * Praise for Lauren Beukes * - * Perfect lockdown reading * Herald * (A) timely thriller * i paper * Afterland could not be more timely or terrifying . . . An excellent example of the prophetic nature of speculative fiction. Lauren Beukes is one of the most innovative and provocative writers on the contemporary scene * Scotland on Sunday * Teases out the deep familial currents that run through its relationships, explores gender and reminds us that dystopian fiction can be seriously grown-up entertainment * SFX * Afterland is that rare creature, a ripping tale that neither shies away from big questions nor interesting answers * New Scientist * You can't imagine how quickly the world can change in six months - there probably isn't a more resonant sentence to be found in any other novel published this year. A fast-moving thriller [that] splices gut-punching action sequences and feminist gender politics with an impressively light touch. Bubbles with big ideas. This intelligent speculative novel about a pandemic feels alarmingly close to home * Metro * Five years in writing, this intelligent speculative novel about a pandemic feels alarmingly close to home * Metro * Lauren Beukes is a writer with a startling imagination, and a masterful ability to rewrite the rules of whatever genre she turns to; and now, right on time, she has turned to dystopian plague -- Ben Winters, author of <i>Underground Airlines</i> and <i>Golden State</i> Bowstring-taut, visceral, and incredibly timely: Beukes's plague-tale is a parable about the glory and terror of Americanism in times of calamity -- Cory Doctorow, author of <i>Walkaway</i> and <i>Little Brother</i> Powerful and intelligent, with some unexpectedly trenchant humour, this welcome addition to the no-longer-so-speculative pandemic subgenre has plenty to say about grief, love, family ties and gender roles * Guardian * A smartly written thriller that opens with a satisfying bang . . . splendid -- Stephen King * New York Times *