Kazuo Ishiguro's seven previous books have won him wide renown and many honours around the world. His work has been translated into over forty languages. The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go have each sold in excess of 1,000,000 copies in Faber editions alone, and both were adapted into highly acclaimed films.
Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and came to Britain at the age of five. He is the author of six novels: A Pale View of Hills (1982, Winifred Holtby PRIZE), An Artist of the Floating World (1986, Whitbread book of the Year Award, Premio Scanno, shortlisted for the Booker Prize), The Remains of the Day (1989, winner of the Booker Prize), The Unconsoled (1995, winner of the Cheltenham Prize), When We Were Orphans (2000, shortlisted for the Booker Prize) and Never Let Me Go (2005, Corine Internationaler Buchpreis, Serono Literary Prize, CASINO de Santiago European Novel Award, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize). Nocturnes (2009), a collection of stories, was awarded the Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa International Literary Prize.
In 1995 Ishiguro received an OBE for Services to Literature, and in 1998 the French decoration of Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.
Book review: The Runaway Horses by Joyce Kotzè
The Runaway Horses recounts the personal cost to family during wartime.
In her historical novel The Runaway Horses, author Joyce Kotzè portrays an engrossing tale of the injustice of the 1899-1902 Boer War in Africa.
Two sets of cousins, Boer and British, find their destinies inexorably intertwined in the politics and mayhem of the conflict. From Transvaal to Victorian England, the cousins form strong bonds, which are tested on the battlefields of South Africa.
Read an excerpt from The Runaway Horses here .
Knysna Literary Festival: Remarks of Tony Leon on Opposite Mandela – South Africa Now versus Then
There is much doom and gloom in the air, and certainly across the airwaves if you listen to the radio, of South Africa right now. Our currency has crashed by no less than 90% since April 2011 measured against the dollar; parliament is in chaos; the public service which has ballooned in numbers from 1 million on 1994 to 3.1m people today and one in three jobs in the economy is paid for by the taxpayer. Yet the Post Office no longer delivers letters, Eskom is on the constant verge of blackouts and is in the midst of a boardroom war while it is technically insolvent. Public assets are looted and the currency is debauched.