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From memoir to fiction: Lynn Joffe talks about making her novelist debut at 60

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Lynn Joffe intended to write about her own life, but the project mutated, through an MA in creative writing. (Supplied)
Lynn Joffe intended to write about her own life, but the project mutated, through an MA in creative writing. (Supplied)

Lynn Joffe speaks at such a speed, and with so much information compressed into her talk, that transcribing the recorded interview with her was a rather strenuous and longwinded task. She has had a complex and interesting life, becoming a debut novelist at age 60 – a moment at which, you feel, something like an inner dam wall was breached and the extraordinary story of her protagonist came pouring out. 

Joffe’s novel is as full and fascinating (and funny) as her own story. The Gospel According to Wanda B Lazarus (published by Modjaji) takes the Wanda of the title from Judea in 33 CE, at the time Jesus was being tried and crucified, through 2 000 years of history.  

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