The Impossible Five

For many people, visiting South African game reserves is all about ticking off the ‘Big Five’. But people rarely think about the other, more enigmatic animals that most of us won’t ever get to see.

In his latest book, THE IMPOSSIBLE FIVE, Justin Fox documents his search for Africa’s five most elusive mammals: the cape mountain leopard, aardvark, pangolin, naturally occurring white lion and riverine rabbit. Each of these creatures are far more spoken about than actually seen, occupying a space somewhere between the physical realm and the stories of public mythology.

In the tale of his humorous and at times frustrating journey, Justin provides compelling insights into wild South Africa and the local game-ranging and natural-science industries.

Buy Justin’s book here.

Karretjie MenseCarol Campbell’s sumptuous novels ‘n Huis vir Esther and Karretjiemense have been optioned by legendary South African film maker Koos Roets in a co-production arrangement with distinguished theatre director Andre Stolz.

The directors intend to shoot both films back to back. Mr. Roets will direct ‘n Huis vir Esther and act as Director of Photography on Karretjiemense. Mr. Stolz will direct Karretjiemense, and act as production manager on ‘n Huis vir Esther.

Mr. Roets has been a formidable figure in South Africa’s film industry for 51 years, during which he has won an impressive 33 awards, mostly for directing and cinematography. It will be wonderful to see his collaboration with Mr. Stolz, is a well known director, producer and actor. Both men are celebrated for being ‘hands on’ and very passionate about their projects, and have adapted the material themselves.

Author, Carol Campbell is known for crafting heartbreaking stories which are simultaneously poignant and hopeful. She has a masterful ability to inflict and build tension, and to create characters with voices that ‘take hold of you… and never let go.’ Taking her work to screen presents a beautiful challenge for any filmmaker.

The deal for the film rights was negotiated by The Lennon-Ritchie agency on behalf of Penguin Random House South Africa.

Fred Strydom’s post-apocalyptic novel, THE RAFT, to be published in the United States.

The RaftPublishing rights for THE RAFT, Fred Strydom’s highly anticipated debut novel, have just been sold to SkyHorse Publishing in North America.

The novel was published by Umuzi in South Africa at the beginning of April, and was the subject of a multi-party auction, with SkyHorse securing the rights just ahead of the London Book Fair. The deal was negotiated by the Lennon-Ritchie Agency on behalf of Umuzi.

THE RAFT is set in a world of civilizational collapse, following a single devastating moment where humankind collectively loses its memory. For the novel’s main character, Kayle Jenner, all that is left of his past are the haunting visions of a boy he believes to be his son. Jenner embarks on a voyage across a broken world to find the boy. What he discovers on his journey is breathtaking.

Editor Cory Allyn of Skyhorse Publishing described the spellbinding novel as: “Lost meets Life of Pi meets The Road.”

Watch the captivating book trailer here

View: Jon Dalgaard’s teaser trailer of the hilarious upcoming BEDHEAD series

Jon Dalgaard and Claire Phillips, with team Ben Mathews, Reece Aleister Jones and Tom Keele recently created the hilarious sex-comedy BEDHEAD as part of the Fresh Blood initiative. Below is a little teaser of what is still to come….

 

If you are located in Australia, please click here to watch the first episode of this exciting series.

Click here for more info on Jon Dalgaard.

 

Samantha Reynolds: Q&A with Justin Fox.

Justin Fox

Justin Fox

“When I was six, my parents took me to Europe. I’ve never recovered from the thrill of that journey. It’s the reason I can’t ever sit still and have pursued a life of travel writing.”

-Justin Fox

Read Samantha Reynolds’ beautiful interview with Justin Fox here.

Justin has recently published his highly acclaimed WHOEVER FEARS THE SEA.

Click here for more info on Justin.