Fiona Melrose

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Johannesburg is Fiona Melrose's much-anticipated second novel, published in August 2017. The novel is set during a single day in Johannesburg – the day of Nelson Mandela's death; a hymn to an extraordinary city and its people, the novel is also an ambitious homage to Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway, and a devastating personal and political manifesto on love. Fiona Melrose's first novel, Midwinter, was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017 – set between Suffolk and Zambia it is a heartbreaking story about a farming family – a story of grief, forgiveness and family love. 

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Fiona has spent much of her adult life in the UK, London and Suffolk in particular, and continues to keep a foot in both continents. She is currently writing her third novel.

Fiona Melrose will be in conversation with author and journalist Alex Preston.

'Finely judged writing like this comes from a place of instinct, and it marks Melrose out as someone to watch . . . ' Melissa Harrison, Guardian

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