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The Wilderness Between Us book cover.
The Wilderness Between Us book cover.

Penny Haw’s novel The Wilderness Between Us (published by Koehler Books and distributed in South Africa by Karavan) is about a Tsitsikamma hiking group and what happens when something goes wrong. Faye and her friends’ anorexic daughter, Clare, find themselves isolated from the others in the group by a flood. When Clare is injured Faye has to dig deep to help get them to safety, and a new bond forms. Described as a “fast-moving story about family [and] friendship”, The Wilderness Between Us was praised as a “thrilling read” by Tracy Going.

Journalist and columnist Haw has written for many South African publications. She published a children’s book, Nicko: The Tale of a Vervet Monkey on an African Farm, in 2017. The Wilderness Between Us is her first novel for adults. Two works of historical fiction are forthcoming.

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