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Lauren’s new novel, The Shining Girls is out May/June 2013 in the UK, US, South Africa and Australia.

Read the first chapter over at Mulholland Books

Check out the teaser trailer from HarperCollins

Lauren Beukes is a South African author, comics writer script writer, documentary maker and former journalist. (bio) She is the author of Moxyland and Zoo City, which won the 2011 Arthur C Clarke Award, as well as Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom , a six part series for Vertigo comics set in the Fables universe and the upcoming thriller, The Shining Girls . She has also written extensively for TV and is currently writing the Zoo City film script for producer Helena Spring.

* Follow Lauren on Twitter @laurenbeukes.

* Get in touch: email lauren [at] laurenbeukes [dot com]

* Representation / Rights enquiries:
– Books: Oliver Munson at AM Heath Literary Agency
– Film & TV: Lawrence Mattis at Circle of Confusion

Moxyland and Zoo City e-books are available for cheap, DRM-free, with no geo-locking from

Moxyland and Zoo City official soundtracks available at African Dope featuring tracks by crazy-hot South African musicians hand-picked by Lauren Beukes and Dope’s HoneyB.


Zinzi has a Sloth on her back, a dirty 419 scam habit and a talent for finding lost things. But when a little old lady turns up dead and the cops confiscate her last paycheck, she’s forced to take on her least favourite kind of job – missing persons.

Being hired by reclusive music producer Odi Huron to find a teenybop pop star should be her ticket out of Zoo City, the festering slum where the criminal underclass and their animal companions live in the shadow of hell’s undertow.

Instead, it catapults Zinzi deeper into the maw of a city twisted by crime and magic, where she’ll be forced to confront the dark secrets of former lives – including her own.

“Lauren Beukes is Jeff Noon crossed with Raymond Chandler. I loved it, it’s going to be huge.” – Paul Cornell

An unfamiliar land full of familiars, a broken Johannesburg peopled with damaged wonders… If our words are bullets, Lauren Beukes is a marksman in a world of drunken machine-gunners.” – Bill Willingham

“I couldn’t put this down. It’s weird, thrilling, funny… filled with sleazy characters and lots of bad attitude.” – Mike Nicol

“This is intelligent and witty urban writing for the 21st century: unashamedly South African yet thoroughly metropolitan; wildly entertaining, yet richly nuanced… Zoo City reaffirms Beukes as one of South Africa’s most imaginative new literary voices.” Andreas Spath, Women24

* Watch the trailer

* Read an extract

* Read reviews

* Find out more about the Zoo City Bares auctioned for charity.

* Listen to an extract read by the author (plus post-Clarke award interview) at Escapepod


You think you know what’s going on?
You think you know who’s really in power?

You have No. Fucking. Idea.

Moxyland is an ultra-smart thriller about technological progress, and the freedoms it removes.

In the near future, four hip young things live in a world where your online identity is at least as important as your physical one. Getting disconnected is a punishment worse than imprisonment, but someone’s got to stand up to government inc., whatever the cost.

““Moxyland” does lots of things, masterfully, that lots of sf never even guesses that it *could* be doing.”
- William Gibson

“The larval form of a new kind of SF munching its way out of the intestines of the wasp-paralysed caterpillar of cyberpunk.”
- Charles Stross

“A technicolour jazzy rollercoaster ride into a dazzling hell.”
- André Brink

* Listen to an audio extract read by Lauren

FAIREST: The Hidden Kingdom
Lauren Beukes and illustrator Inaki Miranda explore Rapunzel’s dark past and a tangled history of Japanese fairytales in this six part spin-off of Bill Willingham’s multi-award-winning Fables series for Vertigo comics. (Issues #8-13 running October 2012-March 2013. Available from all good comic book stores)