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6 December 2013.



It is a searing hot day in Johannesburg. Gin has returned to the city of her birth to throw a party for her mother's eightieth birthday. She is determined, with lists and meals and flower arrangements, to show that she has become a fully capable woman. She knows, deep down, her mother will only ever see a lost cause.



Meanwhile outside, crowds of citizens and the world's media have gathered to hear the expected announcement: Nelson Mandela has died.



Set across the course of a single momentous day and narrated by a chorus of voices, Fiona Melrose's second novel is a hymn to an extraordinary city and its people, an ambitious homage to Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway, and a devastating personal and political manifesto on mothers and daughters, justice and love.



'Beautifully observed' Mail on Sunday



'Woolf produced blooms that are impossible to emulate. Johannesburg provides evidence of a novelist who can grow inimitable flowers herself' Spectator

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group Publication Date: 02/08/2018 ISBN-13: 9781472152862  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Fiona Melrose was born in Johannesburg but has spent the majority of her adult life in the UK, first in London and then in East Anglia. Previously Fiona has worked in academia, NGO's, public affairs and as an emerging markets analyst. She continues to keep a foot in both continents and is currently spending the majority of her time back in South Africa.

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The author nods at Virginia Woolf's 'Mrs Dalloway', but this is a novel that confirms Fiona Melrose as a unique talent for the 21st century. Every character is superbly drawn, every nuance convinces us of the Johannesburg society that Mandela leaves behind on this day of the novel's focus. September's story is so strongly interwoven into that of Gin's efforts to create a party for her mother that at times I wanted to cry out to Gin or to Peter to notice him, give him his place. Superb writing.

- 10/10/2018
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