We absolutely loved Henrietta Rose-Innes’ haunting novel Nineveh, so we’re thrilled that her next novel, Green Lion, is appearing in August – all the more so because she’ll be coming to Golden Hare Books to share it with us when the book’s still hot off the press. Developing on the themes of Nineveh, which considered the fragile relations between the natural world and the urban environment, Green Lion is a foray into eco-fiction, exploring questions of conservation and extinction. As well as reading from Green Lion, Henrietta will be discussing the issues raised by eco-fiction with Golden Hare bookseller Alice Tarbuck.
About the book
When a lion at a breeding park mauls an old school friend of his, Con must step in as the keeper of Sekhmet, the last remaining black-maned lioness in the world. In a Cape Town where fences keep people and wildlife apart, park officials and investors fret about their flagship big-cat project. And while Con grows steadily more bonded to his enigmatic charge, a cult of animal lovers seek to claim Sekhmet as their own.
Henrietta Rose-Innes is a novelist and short story writer from Cape Town, currently living in the UK while completing a PhD at the University of East Anglia. She won the Caine Prize for African Writing 2008 and the HSBC / PEN Short Story Prize 2007 and was runner-up in the BBC Short Story Award 2012. Her work is included in the Granta Book of the African Short Story (2011) and has been published in a number of languages, including French, Spanish and German.