Rowe has an uncanny knack to twist her plots and characters to form an intricate web of suspense and intrigue.
She uses her portrayal of very real South African characters and their stories to masterfully depict infinitely different perspectives of life and crime on the Cape Flats.read more
Great plotting and insight into her characters make for a fast and furious read.
The only pity is that you will be heartbroken when you finish it.read more
Ancer asked Rowe to describe her book in 140 characters. “It’s a murder mystery but it’s also a social investigation of character, landscape and the politics of Cape Town,” she said.
Ancer also asked Rowe to participate in the sound effects Rorschach test. He played a 30-second audio clip and Rowe had to make up a story about the sound on the spot.read more
An hour of delightful conversation took place at The Book Lounge in Cape Town earlier this month when novelist and filmmaker Michéle Rowe launched her second book, Hour of Darkness.
The author was joined by the owner of the bookshop, Mervyn Sloman, in a discussion that crossed the spectrum from hilarious banter – “This book is seriously good shit!” – to an in-depth and serious exploration of the evolution of the narrative process.read more
Four of us set off early in the morning to the Scuola Grande San Rocco to see the Tintorettos, stopping for breakfast en route at a small coffee shop. It’s all mirrors and gilt work and has an array of freshly baked pastries laid out on trays. Gondolier hats and ribbons and medals adorn the walls and bar area. The guidebook assures us the café is patronised by working gondoliers from early in the morning….read more
“There’s not only the destruction of the valley beneath housing estates, there’s the cover up of its history. It’s a suburb of homeless people.”
And you get the impression that she might not only be talking about those sleeping in the vineyards and on the streets and under the shrubbery on the motorway junction. She might also be talking about those who have everything.read more
My first sight of Venice is from the deck of a vapporetto heading for the Arsenale. It’s early May, spring turning to summer, and the sun still high in the late afternoon. Venice’s hallucinatory Adriatic sky reflects off the water, its light wavering on the fifty palazzis and seven churches of the Grand Canal, the Ducale and columns of the Basilica and the campanile of San Marco. It’s a Canaletto painting come to life, golden and luminous.read more
Michele Rowe as she launches her daring, dashing, divine debut novel at A Tavola.read more