Andrew Salomon has received the PEN Literary Award for African Fiction and the Short.Sharp.Stories Award. His debut novel, now titled Tokoloshe Song was shortlisted for the Terry Pratchett First Novel Award and his short fiction has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. He is the author of the Young Adult thrillers The Chrysalis and Wonderbear (available at the end of July) and his latest novel is the dark fantasy thriller The Equilibrist. He completed an MA at the Institute for Archaeology at University College London and some of his most memorable experiences have been at rock painting and engraving sites in rock shelters and subterranean caves across the world. These often find their way into his fiction.
Aspiring tightwire artist Flynn Oakley was adopted into the Circus Basilisk as a young boy, but soon after the circus arrives at the Northern England town of Kirkholme, Flynn finds himself framed for a terrible crime and caught in a life-or-death struggle to save the only home he has ever known. The Equilibrist is a dark fantasy thriller that draws you in and won't let go.
When a tall foreigner accused of stealing honey is brought to the police station on the Greek island of Kythnos, Sergeant Laziridis's uneventful night is about to take a very unexpected turn. A man regains consciousness and finds himself the only diner in a strange restaurant with some curious staff and a dinner literally prepared to be the meal of his life. Things fall apart on a newly-terraformed Mars. And then there are the pair of midwives from a secret society you never want to cross…
These tales and much more await in this weirdly wonderful short story collection. Dark Shenanigans includes the PEN Literary Award-winning story A Visit To Dr Mamba and the 2015 Short.Sharp.Story best story Train 124.
When Richard Nevis quit the rat race, being pursued to the Owl House in Nieu Bethesda by an assassin with a books fetish was not what he had in mind.
The trouble starts with Richard volunteering at a shelter for mistreated tokoloshes (knee-high, intelligent and dangerously misunderstood creatures who have come to life from African folklore). There he befriends Lun, and they both come to the unwelcome attention of both a brutal villain and Cape Town’s most dangerous criminal mastermind.
Teaming up with a potent duo of midwives, who are members of a secret order equally adept at delivering infants and performing martial arts, Richard and Lun have to race across the Karoo in a quest to open an ancient metal box to stay alive.
Delightfully brutal, entertaining and funny, Tokoloshe Song is Andrew Salomon’s fantasy debut.
A year after his father's accidental death, fifteen-year-old Michael Matambo is still trying to come to terms with the tragedy. But when Michael comes to stay with his grandmother in Cape Town, a photograph on his father's camera reveals his death may have been anything but accidental, and now the murderer is after Michael.
The Chrysalis is both murder mystery and crime thriller. Join Michael and his friends as they find out just how much you have to risk to find out the truth.
|Grand Menu At The Hebdomad Society
A man wakes up without any memory of what caused him to lose consciousness, and finds himself the sole diner in an unusual restaurant with some extraordinary staff and a remarkable dinner literally prepared to be the meal of his life.
|Take A Picture
When an English village is invaded by vicious creatures that abhor light, a blind man's disability becomes a distinct advantage for survival. But how can he best use this advantage against the invaders that have taken over his home and killed his friends? And if he seeks revenge, what will he have to risk for success?
|A Beautiful Partnership
Three days after a disastrous robbery, two partners in crime meet up for coffee on Cape Town's notorious Long Street. But can they still trust each other?
A story with a twist about the brutal nature of honour among thieves.
|A Visit To Dr Mamba
A teacher visits a witch doctor named Dr Mamba in Mozambique's capital Maputo. Inside the bag he carries with him is something Dr Mamba had never expected to see again.
This story won a PEN Literary Award for African Fiction and also appeared in the collection Twenty in 20: The Best Short Stories Of South Africa’s 20 Years Of Democracy. It served as inspiration for the novel Tokoloshe Song; a finalist for the Terry Pratchett First Novel Award.
When a tall foreigner accused of stealing honey is brought to the police station on the Greek island of Kythnos, Sergeant Laziridis's uneventful night is about to take a very unexpected turn.
A single, 25-minute train journey is rarely remarkable. Unless you need to get to an extremely important appointment and your chosen way of getting there is on Train 124...
This is the winning story of the 2015 Short.Sharp.Stories Award.
The terraforming of Mars has been a resounding success - except that the two corporations involved have declared war. For one soldier and the remaining members of his platoon, the now-green red planet holds some terrible surprises.