Days before this year’s London Book Fair, Waveland Press have acquired North American rights to Lauri Kubuitsile’s moving historical novel The Scattering.
Beautifully rendered, The Scattering was also recently listed as a Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction recommendation.
Kubuitsile’s novel takes as its backdrop two colonial wars in southern Africa – South-West Africa’s Herero genocide and South Africa’s Second Anglo-Boer War – and traces the fates of two remarkable women whose paths cross after each has suffered the devastation and dislocation of war.
Moving and intimate, Kubuitsile’s novel provides a fascinating glimpse into the indomitability of the human spirit.
Kubuitsile, who is the author of many works of fiction for children and adults, including the short-story collection In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata and Other Stories, was the 2007 winner of the BTA/Anglo Platinum Short Story Competition and the recipient of the Botswana Ministry of Youth and Culture’s Orange Botswerere Award for Creative Writing in the same year.
She has twice won the Golden Baobab Prize for children’s writing and was shortlisted for the 2011 Caine Prize. She lives in Botswana.