Thoughts in a Makeshift Mortuary by Jenny Hobbs


1985. In a mountain village in Lesotho, a father rages as a mother weeps. Shot dead: their only daughter Rose, a teacher, and her husband Jake, an activist and poet. South Africa’s laws forced them into exile, while hooded gunmen took their lives. Amid the sorrow and commotion of funeral preparations, Rose and her parents’ evolving understanding of their turbulent country and of each other unfolds, always intimately connected with the lives of the women who worked for them. But all has not been lost: there was a survivor of the shooting. Hope.

Thoughts in a Makeshift Mortuary, Jenny Hobbs’s rich, powerful first novel, is a story about ordinary living in extraordinary times and a moving tribute to those who worked to raise a South Africa driven to its knees.

About the author


Jenny Hobbs was born in Durban. She is the author of seven novels, Thoughts in a Makeshift MortuaryThe Sweet-Smelling JasmineThe Telling of Angus QuainVideo DreamsKitchen BoyThe Miracle of Crocodile Flats and Napoleon Bones, and four works of non-fiction. She lives in Franschhoek and is the Director of the Franschhoek Literary Festival.

Courtesy of UmuziClick here to watch an interview with Jenny Hobbs about the impact of the Franschhoek Literary Festival and how she balances the running of it with her own creative work.

Click HERE to visit Jenny’s website.

Published by Umuzi (An imprint of Random House Struik)

ISBN: 9781415203897

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