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Chasing Marian

by Amy Heydenrych, Qarnita Loxton, Pamela Power & Gail Schimmel


Dubbed the most anticipated feel-good novel of 2022 by the publishers, Chasing Marian is utterly delightful and the story of how it was written is almost as good as the book itself!  Four South African authors, Amy Heydenrych, Qarnita Loxton, Pamela Power and Gail Schimmel were all devastated by the cancellation of the Franschhoek Literary Festival due to COVID in 2020.  In lockdown and in misery, the authors channelled their disappointment into writing a novel together – each author writing different sections of the book and Chasing Marian is the result.  AND, to top it all, Marian Keyes herself had this to say: Warm funny and moving – I LOVED it!  Need I say more?

Four strangers, all die-hard Marian Keyes fans, are all besides themselves with excitement when they hear that Marian is due to visit South Africa to promote her new book.

Jess is a yummy mummy of two whose life is slowly unravelling and who has recently separated from her husband. Ginger is a happily widowed granny with a salty tongue and a wicked sense of humour. The gorgeous and sensitive Matt is an almost-qualified psychologist, who still lives with his parents. And Queenie, a librarian from Cape Town, has an absent boyfriend and a secret writing habit.

This unlikely foursome connect by chance on line and together hatch a plan to meet their favourite author in person.  Chasing Marian is a romp through familiar and favourite places – Love Books in Melville, Tasha’s in Hyde Park and even the Pilansberg.  A story of friendships forged over books – what’s not to love?!

Here I am chatting about Chasing Marian on instagram

Chasing Marian’ explores modern social ills and the power of great friendships with humour and generosity – The South African

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