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An Interview with Alistair Morgan

Brendan Jack, “TV & film writer, producer, performer, voice-over artist, director, nichmarketer, podcast host, courier to the stars, and occasional human,” recently spoke to local author Alistair Morgan, and has kindly given us permission to post the podcast on

Listen to the podcast HERE.

Alistair Morgan was born in Johannesburg in 1971. He lives and works in Cape Town.
Has previously published two short stories: Icebergs and Departure. Both appeared in the Paris Review – issues 183 (Winter, 2007) and 185 (Summer, 2008) respectively.  In 2009 he also became the first non- American to win the Plimpton Prize. Alistair Morgan published his debut novel Sleeper’s Wake, with Penguin Books SA in August 2009.

Sleeper’s Wake is set in modern day South Africa and is the story of 46-year-old John Wraith, a freelance journalist, who regains consciousness after a car accident to learn that his wife and 5-year-old daughter died in the same accident. What is all the more traumatic for him is that he was driving the car. At the urging of his sister, John decides to recuperate in her holiday chalet in Nature’s Valley, on the South African coast. It is winter and Nature’s Valley is mostly deserted – except for a disturbed young woman of twenty one called Jackie and her equally strange brother and her father, who is a born again Christian. John’s uneasy yet intense involvement with this trio, particularly with Jackie, to whom he is sexually attracted, and with the few other characters that inhabit Nature’s Valley, provides the novel with its driving narrative and tense denouement. It is a haunting, evocative, disturbing and very powerful study of man at his most naked and vulnerable.

For more from Brendan Jack, including blog, videos and podcasts, please visit his website here.

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