A roadtrip through an imagined post-pandemic America – watch a video of Lauren Beukes talking about the research for her new novel Afterland
 More about the book!

Lauren Beukes’s new novel Afterland – a high-concept feminist dystopian thriller – is out now from Umuzi!

Afterland is set in a future where most of the male population of the world has died. Cole and her 12-year-old son Miles are on the run from all kinds of people, including the United States government, a dangerous religious cult, and the most dangerous person she knows … her sister.

Afterland is now available as an ebook:

Virtual Book Launch details

We will be hosting a Facebook Live launch of Afterland on The Reading List’s Facebook page!

Beukes will be joined by Mohale Mashigo and a few special guests.

Date: Thursday 9 April 2020
Time: 6pm

See you then!


Watch Beukes chatting about the research she undertook for the novel:

‘Recorded in my lounge pre-lockdown, I talk about some of my research that went into world building a post-pandemic America where 99% of the male population have died, tracing my hero’s journey from Napa Valley to Miami and some of the amazing people I met along the way. I also talk about spending time with Cape Town’s Metro Police Unit and what happened when I asked them what would happen to gangsterism and crime.’


Categories Fiction International South Africa

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