The book has it all — the SA police and security guards, the Joburg Zoo, Maboneng, sangomas and witches, a crime ring, sexual tension, animal-part trafficking and a whole lot of lightning. We’re talking about NR Brodie’s Knucklebone, that is. This is one of those books you read over a weekend, not wanting to stop or talk to those in your family who would begrudge your absorption in the fast-paced, beguiling pages. You’re probably thinking the author’s name sounds familiar. You’d be correct. It’s the pen name of local journalist Nechama Brodie. She’s known for her fact-checking tweets, prolific feature writing and the much-loved history essential, The Joburg Book. This is her first go at fiction and, of course, it’s set in her beloved City of Gold. It’s part whodunnit, part magical, and entirely a must-read. The Financial Mail grabbed five minutes with Brodie to talk inspiration, writing and reading in Afrikaans. Where and when do you write best? At home, with just enough white noise...

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