Rosie Rowell - Author

About the Author

Rosie Rowell was born and grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. After completing a BA degree in English and Economics at the Universityof Cape Town, Rosie arrived in the UK on a short working holiday and neverquite managed to leave. She now lives in in the wilds of West Sussex with herhusband and three children, but returns to South Africa as often as the bankbalance will allow. She has recently completed a MA in Creative and LifeWriting at Goldsmiths University of London. Her first novel, Leopold Blue, was published by Hot KeyBooks in 2014.

Featured books by Rosie Rowell

Almost Grace

Almost Grace

Author: Rosie Rowell Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

For the first time in my life I feel like there is a chink of light, another way. Spook's world is raw, cut down to what matters. He is the first person I've met who seems free. 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 body, 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? An evocative, beautifully-told story of identity, relationships and freedom, set in contemporary South Africa.

Other books by Rosie Rowell

Almost Grace

Almost Grace

Author: Rosie Rowell Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

For the first time in my life I feel like there is a chink of light, another way. Spook's world is raw, cut down to what matters. He is the first person I've met who seems free. 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 body, 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? An evocative, beautifully-told story of identity, relationships and freedom, set in contemporary South Africa.

Leopold Blue

Leopold Blue

Author: Rosie Rowell Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2014

A tense and moving South African coming-of-age story about family, friendship and first romance 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. LEOPOLD BLUE is an emotionally taut and beautifully written story from a debut author with a mesmerising voice.

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