Marcus Low



Marcus Low is a novelist, journalist and public health specialist based in Cape Town. He previously worked as policy director of the Treatment Action Campaign. Marcus has an MA in creative writing from the University of Cape Town.

Low’s debut novel ASYLUM (Pan Macmillan South Africa, 2017) is an existential literary novel set in a quarantine facility in the arid Karoo area of South Africa.

With beautifully apocalyptic visions of a country and a world in chaos, ASYLUM tells the story of Barry James and his forced incarceration in a TB hospital.

A suicide attempt. A pretty red-head psychologist with black stockings. A terminally ill man of 30 resigned to die in captivity. An asylum under the nuclear radiating Karoo sun. A glimpse into the heart of some long dead God of human suffering. Escape is the only option, but where to?

ASYLUM has been shortlisted for Africa’s richest literary prize, the 9Mobile Prize for Literature.

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