Rosie Rowell: Leopold Blue, Almost Grace

Rosie was born and grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. She now lives in West Sussex with her husband and three children, but returns to the sun and beaches as often as the bank balance will allow. Her first novel, Leopold Blue, won the Branford Boase Award in 20Leopold Blue cover15. She is currently writing her third novel as part of a PhD at Goldsmiths College, London.

Find Rosie on Twitter @RosieRowell.

Almost Grace: Grace and her Cape Town friends are renting a house on the coast – after exams it’s their rite of passage into adulthood. Yet ‘maturity’ means different things to each of them. Brett and Louisa have plans – university, travelling – but Grace is uncertain of her future. Anxiety drives her to take control of whatever she can, starting with her own Almost Grace coverbody, and it is starting to worry those around her. When Grace meets Spook – an older, nomadic surfer – their attraction is instant and his relaxed familiarity and assured confidence catch her off-guard. Can she allow herself to lose control, and fall in love?

Leopold Blue: Meg Bergman is fifteen and fed up. She lives in a tiny town in rural 1990s South Africa – a hot-bed of traditionalism, racial tension and (in Meg’s eyes) ordinariness. Meg has no friends either, due largely to what the community sees as her mother’s interfering attempts to educate farm workers about Aids. But one day Xanthe arrives – cool, urban, feisty Xanthe, who for some unknown reason seems to want to hang out with Meg. Xanthe arrives into Meg’s life like a hurricane, offering her a look at a teenage life she never knew existed. But cracks quickly begin to show in their friendship when Meg’s childhood friend Simon returns from his gap year travels.

 

 

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