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The Rock Alphabet [Paperback]

Henrietta Rose-Innes


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9 Jan 2004
The rock alphabet explores the linked tales of Ivy and Flin, whose paths cross in Ivy's quest for mysterious rock paintings that have gone missing. Both are misplaced young people who struggle to fit in; their stories explore loss, memory and reclamation, and how the past is entwined in the present. When Flin is only a few years old, he and his older brother are discovered wandering in a remote mountain range by Beattie Fro, daughter of a renowned archaelologist. Although aloof an unmaternal, Beattie brings the children home. But the silent older brother is difficult, and runs away to the mountain; fatefully Beattie follows. Flin is haunted into adulthood by the voice of his brother, calling him back to the feared wilderness.

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Henrietta Rose-Innes is a South African writer based in Cape Town. Her novel 'Nineveh' came out in 2011 and has been shortlisted for the M-Net Literary Award and the Sunday Times Fiction Prize. She's previously published a collection of short stories, 'Homing', and two novels: 'Shark's Egg' and 'The Rock Alphabet', as well as a South African miscellany, 'Nice Times!' In 2012 her story 'Sanctuary' came second in the BBC International Short Story Prize. In 2008 she won the Caine Prize for African Writing, for which she was shortlisted in 2007. Also in 2007, she was awarded the 2007 South African PEN award for her short story, 'Poison'.

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Henrietta Rose-Innes is a freelance editor and scriptwriter for film and television. She is the author of" Shark's Egg."

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