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DISCOVERING FIRE (article first published : 2005-12-4)

Award-winning author and journalist, David Robbins, is widely acknowledged to be one of South Africa's foremost travel writers. He will shortly release/has released his second collection of short stories, published by Porcupine Press.

Discovering Fire is David Robbins’ 12th published work. Already under his belt are After the Dance, The 29th Parallel and Aspects of Africa. Born in the Eastern Cape, David Robbins has travelled extensively throughout Africa and worked for a time in the UK.

Winner of the CNA Literary Award, the author is adept at writing on a multitude of subjects, including travel, history, biography and socio-political analysis. However, Discovering Fire focuses on his skills as a writer of short fiction. The nine stories explore the relationship between public events and the private consequences thereof. Set against the backdrop of South Africa's recent past, his characters respond to each other and develop individually in ways that are indelibly marked by their responses to the violent and troubled environment they find themselves in.




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