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Occupation  Author
Role  Writer
Name  Troy Blacklaws

Period  2004-
Nationality  South African
Education  Rhodes University
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Born  Troy Michael Douglas Blacklaws September 9, 1965 (age 50) Pinetown, Natal Province South Africa (1965-09-09)
Alma mater  Rhodes University, South Africa; Goethe University, Germany
Books  Karoo boy, Blood Orange, Cruel Crazy Beautiful, Bafana Bafana: A Story of S, Malindi: Roman

Troy Blacklaws is a writer and teacher from South Africa. He was born on 9 September 1965 in Pinetown, Natal Province. After his schooling at Paarl Boys' High School he studied at Rhodes University before being conscripted in to the South African Defence Force. After serving in the army Blacklaws began teaching English.

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Blacklaws' first novel, Karoo Boy, was published in 2004. The book was described as "a riotous vision of 1976 Cape Town" in Anderson Tepper's Village Voice review and "sensual, cinematic" in The New York Times. Chris Martin, of the band Coldplay, called Karoo Boy "the most colourful book I have ever read".

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His second novel was Blood Orange, the story of a white boy in Africa. It was first published in 2005 and is a fusion of memoir and fiction. The novel was adapted for the stage by Blacklaws, Greig Coetzee and Craig Morris.The play, directed by Coetzee, was first performed by Morris at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa, in July 2006.

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In 2010 Blacklaws published a fable: Bafana Bafana : A Story of Soccer, Magic and Mandela. Art by Andrew Stooke. Vikas Swarup, author of Slumdog Millionaire, had this to say of it: "A magical fable. Troy Blacklaws effortlessly conjures up the sights, sounds and rhythms of the South African landscape."

His third novel, Cruel Crazy Beautiful World, was published in 2011 in South Africa. The words of the title are taken from a song by Johnny Clegg. The story is set in post-apartheid South Africa in 2004.


  • Karoo Boy: A Novel. Open Road Media. 2013. ISBN 978-1-4804-1002-2. 
  • Blood Orange: A Novel. Open Road Media. 2013. ISBN 978-1-4804-1001-5. 
  • Cruel Crazy Beautiful World: A Novel. Jacana Media. 2011. ISBN 978-1-4314-0250-2. 
  • Bafana Bafana: A Story of Soccer, Magic and Mandela. Open Road Media. 2013. ISBN 978-1-4804-1000-8. 
  • References

    Troy Blacklaws Wikipedia