"'Two days after I turned 14 the son of our neighbour set his stepmother alight', begins one of the most engaging novels about inter-
"What a worthy winner of the 2010 Orange Award for New Writers. This is an exuberant, tender and often humorous love story... Irene Sabatini is a born writer, and she has told a completely engrossing story which combines brilliantly realised fictional characters as well as evoking the only too real sad degradation of a once-
2 July 2010 -
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19 September 2010 -
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"Irene Sabatini had long held ambitions to write a novel, but had never quite mustered the confidence to do so. All it took, in the end, was a glimpse of the Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez eating breakfast in a hotel. This unexpected sighting of the novelist in a hotel in Colombia back in the Nineties gave her the self-
14 April 2010 -
"And now comes Irene Sabatini, with a fine and accomplished first novel, set in Bulawayo and Harare against the background of this unsettling history... Ian speaks a language that has now, in all probability, ceased to exist 'Rhodesian dialect' someone calls it. The author's powerful evocation of this lost way of talking, so ugly that it is beautiful, is remarkable... Irene Sabatini treads a minefield in her novel -
1 May 2010 -
What do writers read? Irene Sabatini, whose debut novel The Boy Next Door has just been published, tells us about the books that have made her laugh, cry, kept her awake at night, and more.
February 2010 -
"This is a story that stays with you long after you're done reading. Because Lindiwe's voice is so distinctive when she expresses herself, you feel her heart."
January 2010 -
" Much like the connection between her two protagonists, Sabatini's novel is formed on contrast. It is equally a frank cry against Zimbabwean politics as it is an intimate look at a loving relationship. These two themes, like Lindiwe and Ian themselves, bring meaning to each other in a deeply emotional way, and it is only at their intersection that they are truly complete."
Nov/Dec 2009 -
"Sabatini describes the people and the places that inhabit her book with care. She takes time with each place, with each person, to make them alive for you, because they have been alive for her. Boy exudes an authenticity and warmth that can’t come from an author’s imagination alone, but from a lifetime of listening and observing"
5 November 2009 -
September 2009 -
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20 September 2009 -
"[The characters'] shared status as outsiders brings them together in this novel about love, family and what it means to be African."
17 September 2009 -
1 September 2009 -
Author's toughest challenge: “Ian is such a colorful character in the book, with a very off-
29 June 2009 -