Frank Owen is the pseudonym for two authors - Diane Awerbuck and Alex Latimer. Diane Awerbuck’s debut novel GARDENING AT NIGHT (published here by Secker & Warburg) won the 2004 Commonwealth Writers Prize and Diane was shortlisted for the Caine Prize in 2014. She has long been regarded as one of South Africa’s most talented writers. Alex Latimer is an award-winning writer and illustrator whose books have been translated into several languages.
SOUTH is a stunning high-concept post-apocalyptic debut novel in the vein of The Passage by Justin Cronin.
South takes place in a USA ravaged by Civil War. It’s been thirty years since the first wind-borne viruses ended the war between North and South - and still they keep coming. Every wind brings a new and terrifying way to die. The few survivors live in constant fear, hiding from the wind - and from each other.
In this harsh Southern expanse, brothers Garrett and Dyce Jackson are on the run from brutal law-enforcers. They meet Vida, a lone traveller on a secret quest. Together, they will journey into the dark heart of a country riven by warfare and disease.
This is the story of Dyce and Vida. It is the story of end-time.
This is the story of The Cure and how it came too late.
This is the story of South.
“South is an absolute blinder of a book. With its cracking pace, unforgettable characters, deliciously gruesome premise and you-won’t-see-them-coming twists, if this doesn’t make ‘book of the year’ shortlists, I will eat my Stetson. The Sisters Brothers meets The Stand, it’s a post-apocalyptic genre game-changer.” - Sarah Lotz, author of The Three
Go to http://southvsnorth.com to get a taste of the world of South.
Then buy it on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/South-Frank-Owen-ebook/dp/B01CV0W928
THE SPACE RACE
Vastrap. Our very own nuclear testing site, so far into the desert that the Russians and the Americans don’t even have a clue about it. You don’t mess with an Afrikaner, not if you don’t want to get a proper klap.
An unauthorised nuclear blast beyond belief at Vastrap Airbase outside Upington not only winds up the Americans, but also launches Africa’s first spacecraft. Propelled by an engine harnessing the power of a nuclear bomb never disarmed in the eighties, the rocket leaves Earth without its pilot or crew. But how did this spaceship, designed by the previous government to extend the Afrikaner’s history as a nation of pioneers, survive? And more pressingly, who’s working its joystick?
Small-time journalist Greg Hall sets out to uncover the details of the ship that has captured the world’s imagination. In the wreckage of the blast, he discovers a man badly burnt and almost dead. A man who has an alarming story to tell and a frightening plan of his own.
Funny and thrilling, The Space Race twinkles with its author’s humour and trademark irony.
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