Zoo City

Paperback edition released 29/11/2018

by Lauren Beukes

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LoveReading Expert Review of Zoo City

A Maxim Jakubowski Best Science Fiction selection.

A second novel by the fast rising South African author (pronounced Beukes like mucus, she tells us...), recently shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. A frantic urban fantasy in which ex-drug addict Zinzi December, whose job is to find people, is tasked to retrieve missing pop starlet Songweza. But, in a broken city peopled by crime lords, magicians, beast masters and symbiotic animals, nothing is ever straightforward, nothing is as easy as it appears. Cue a sassy and cynical heroine with a gleeful touch of mischief, twists and turns on every corner. A page turner and a pleaser.


In November 2011 South African film producer Helena Spring won film rights to Zoo City.


Lauren Beukes said: "Every novelist dreams of a movie deal—but you actually want more than that. You want to find a  producer of great vision and integrity and experience who fundamentally gets the book . . . I'm thrilled that it's being produced in South Africa—for an international audience."

Maxim Jakubowski

Zoo City Synopsis

WINNER OF THE 2011 ARTHUR C CLARKE AWARD Lauren Beukes' tale of a young woman trapped in a brutal city but looking for a way out . . . 'A major, major talent' George R. R. Martin *** Zinzi has a Sloth on her back, a dirty 419 scam habit and a talent for finding lost things. But when a little old lady turns up dead and the cops confiscate her last paycheque, she's forced to take on her least favourite kind of job - missing persons. Being hired by reclusive music producer Odi Huron to find a pop star should be her ticket out of Zoo City, the festering slum where the criminal underclass and their animal companions reside. Instead it catapults Zinzi deeper into the maw of a city twisted by crime and magic, where she'll be forced to confront the dark secrets of former lives - including her own. Look out for AFTERLAND, the new novel by Lauren Beukes *** 'Beukes is very *very* good. It feels effortless, utterly accomplished' William Gibson 'Beukes brings a secret tenderness and humanity to her off-kilter portrait of the here and now' Guardian 'Exquisitely paced and impeccably controlled. An enormously satisfying novel' New York Times Book Review

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781405924054
Publication date: 29th November 2018
Author: Lauren Beukes
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Primary Genre Fiction
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About Lauren Beukes

Lauren Beukes is the award-winning and internationally best-selling South African author of The Shining Girls, Zoo City, Moxyland and Broken Monsters, among other works. Her novels have been published in twenty-four countries and are being adapted for film and TV. She's also a screenwriter, comics writer, journalist and award-winning documentary maker. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her daughter and two troublesome cats.

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