"Generates hard beauty." - Darrel Bristow-Bovey, Times Live
This is a remarkable piece of writing. - Saturday Star
"A fascinating look into the things we'll do when desperately trying to find a way home." The Oprah Magazine
"Whyle is one of the most distinctive and interesting writers to emerge in South African fiction in years. His first novel, The Book of War, was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize and went on to win the M-Net Literary Award for a Debut Novel. In stately prose he revisited the Frontier Wars in the Eastern Cape, charnel fields drenched in blood and regret. He brings the same spare, mesmerising style to his second novel, Walk, which traces the horrific journey of the survivors of the Grosvenor shipwreck in 1782." - The Sunday Times
"Whyle... transforms written history into literature. Where the report gives sketchy outlines, he reimagines this as the war of people against nature, and of people against one another and against others. They become not just names, but characters. In short, Walk is an impeccably crafted literary masterpiece." - Ampie Muller, Daily News.
About the Author
grew up in the Amatole Mountains of the Eastern Cape in South Africa. Conscripted into the apartheid army, he was discharged on the grounds of insanity. He did everything in his power to assist the authorities in arriving at this diagnosis.
His story, The Story
, was chosen by JM Coetzee as winner of the 2011 Pen/Studzinski competition. His novel, The Book of War
was short listed for the Sunday Times Literary Award, and won the M Net Literary Award for best debut.