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The Unseen Genius

The Unseen Genius

Paperback and ebook published by Riols Quarter

By the picturesque Cape seaside town of Hermanus, South Africa, the apartheid police have located a bloodstained rock on a coastal path and hand-written pages blowing along the shoreline. The author of these pages, Joseph Salem, a young biologist, has apparently fallen over the cliff-face into the sea. His girlfriend, Lexa Du Plessis, alerted the police to this accident. But when the police suspect these pages to be political writing, a mystery unfolds as she races for clues to his strange disappearance as the police begin to arrest Joseph’s friends.

At the heart of this mystery, set over a weekend in the politically turbulent mid-1980s in South Africa, is the story of a family whose son is deciding his future as his father struggles with memories which betray his own past. It is a novel which serves as a powerful metaphor for apartheid and for generations who are waiting to fulfil their dreams.

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London Bites: Eight Stories

London Bites: Eight Stories

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In the early 1990s London was a different city when these eight stories and seven poems were written. After the fall of the Berlin wall and the London poll tax riots, Nelson Mandela, newly freed from prison, visited an ecstatic Wembley Stadium. Camden market entertained an edgier, more aloof punkiness, and Pavarotti sang in the rain in Hyde Park. Meanwhile the city’s timelessness played out when Lord’s cricket ground hosted the Benson & Hedges cup final.

As the world’s artistic, political and sporting icons visited London, in 1990 it was also filled with South African exiles. Apartheid was not yet defeated. Brandon Broll arrived in London as a poet and writer exploring his newly adopted city.

Eight London stories, some poignant, others with a twist in the tail, expose the everyday and the unusual. Eloise is an aspiring poet on the London poetry reading circuit who discovers something enticing. Softdrinks delivery men delivering to pubs and clubs reveal what they really think. A music student suspects a poltergeist is loose in her disbelieving houseshare. While a South African exile finds more than he expected by a vegetable patch. 

Enriching these stories and others of urban life in the city are seven textured poems published in London anthologies at the time. In London Bites, Brandon Broll explores a cultural richness, English humour and ethnic diversity in Londoners that, in any era, inhabits the public and very private spaces of this great city.

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Still-life of a Pandemic: In Three Books

Still-life of a Pandemic: In Three Books

Ebook and paperback published by Riols Quarter

Still-life of a Pandemic: In Three Books is an “easily readable” and “brilliant” account of the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020-21 “written with pathos and understanding of these unprecedented times”. Garnering reviews of being “heart-rending” while “humane and accessible”, it is penned by a world poet.

Still-life of a  Pandemic: In Three Books takes us beyond how the media, politicians or scientists have portrayed the pandemic, to the heart of intensely personal experiences of ordinary people, the heroic and the unspoken.

Book one: Street of the hollow eyes was first published in summer 2020. It explores with a haunting reality and poignancy, the life of an ordinary family of four trying to get on in these times when the father develops a fever.

In this volume, Book two: Living the Lockdowns and Book three: The Covid-19 Vaccine Race are newly incorporated, expanding the reach of Still-life of a Pandemic into subjects not only very personal but of national and international importance.

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Still-life of a Pandemic: Book 1

Still-life of a Pandemic

Book 1: Street of the hollow eyes

Ebook, paperback and audiobook (narrated by Peter Stern) published by Riols Quarter.

 

The date is March 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic is sweeping the world, instigating lockdown in country upon country. Life has suddenly changed, personal freedom is a thing of the past, as friends and extended family are separated through social distancing.

In a small house in ‘the street of the hollow eyes’ lives a family of four in an ordinary neighbourhood trying to get on in these times. Until the extraordinary happens when the father develops a fever…

Described by one reviewer as “heart-rending” and another as “written with pathos and understanding of these unprecedented times”, readers of any age get a unique insider’s view of the trials, kindnesses and poignant dislocation of people caught up in this pandemic.

What do readers say ?

“Brilliant. So accurate to how we’re  feeling. Blown away!” Heidi Flax (South Africa)

“This poem reflects with articulate and painful empathy what so many families have been through.” Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg (UK)

“A humane and accessible work which anyone of any age could understand and relate to.” Hilary Tait (UK) 

“A lesson to all those people who don’t take this seriously. It should be read by everyone.” Astrid Kerby (South Africa)

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Peter Stern discusses his work as a voice over artist and how he went about narrating Still-life of a Pandemic: Book 1.

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