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Fiona Snyckers Debuts with Trinity Rising

Trinity RisingFiona Snyckers At last – South African chick-lit with all the wit and charm to hold its own against international bestsellers: Fiona SnyckersTrinity Rising!

“If I hear the word “Struggle” one more time, I swear I’m going to scream.”

Trinity Luhabe is so OVER the whole Robben Island thing.

Sure, her dad was one of the last activists to be imprisoned there, but he’s now a billionaire mining magnate. We all have to move on, right?

And Trinity is moving on with a vengeance.  She’s just passed Matric at an exclusive private school, and is all set to take Rhodes University by storm.  She’s got the looks.  She’s got the brains (sort of).  She’s a girl with a plan. Okay, it’s not a plan she’s prepared to share with just anyone – especially not her feminist, do-gooder mother.

Delightfully ditzy, but with an inner core of strength, Trinity parties her way through life.  That is, until she discovers that life bites back. And then there’s her arch-enemy – the deliciously wicked Sophie Agincourt, who definitely has something evil up her sleeve.

Will Sandton’s favourite daughter ever find true love, straighten out her priorities, and make it to lectures on time? Or will her career be over before it’s begun?

Find out as you follow her along the path of self-discovery and eBay handbags in the first book of the beguiling “Trinity Luhabe” series.

About the author

Fiona Snyckers was born and raised in Johannesburg, and educated at Rhodes University and the University of the Witwatersrand. After graduating from Wits with a first-class Masters degree in English Literature, she married and accompanied her husband to England, returning in 1997. She spent the next two-and-a-half years writing a variety of lifestyle pieces, humorous articles, interviews and reviews. In 2000, she stopped working altogether when the first of her three children was born.  Since then she has embraced the always glamorous life of the stay-at-home mother. She has been writing fiction since childhood and has accumulated a teetering pile of rejected manuscripts, which come in handy for lighting fires during load-shedding. She is currently writing a sequel to Trinity Rising.

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Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    April 3rd, 2009 @16:55 #

    Yay! At last! Heartiest congratulations, Fiona.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    April 3rd, 2009 @17:16 #

    Hooray! Enjoy the ride, wherever it may take you. Wishing you sales of Rowlingesque (Spudesque?) proportions.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    April 3rd, 2009 @17:51 #

    Congratulations, Fiona, and I smaak the pic (pink and a hint of cleavage, all v. good for punting chick lit) -- I hope this does really, really well. You've cleverly picked a hopelessly under-served and sassy market niche, and I'm looking forward to making Trinity's acquaintance (even if I already sympathise with her mother).

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Sarah Lotz</a>
    Sarah Lotz
    April 3rd, 2009 @19:06 #

    I've been waiting to hear about this - awesome Fiona, huge congrats! It looks like you have a winner. Can we have an extract please?

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Liesl</a>
    April 4th, 2009 @08:00 #


    And the request for an extract seconded.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    April 4th, 2009 @09:40 #

    Looking forward. I second Richard's wishes for you and Trinity...

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Tsire</a>
    April 4th, 2009 @13:20 #

    Congratulations Fiona. I'm looking forward to reading the book. Trinity sounds like a very cool chick.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Henrietta</a>
    April 4th, 2009 @15:11 #


  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Jassy</a>
    April 5th, 2009 @12:17 #

    Congrats! Sounds loads of fun - and I love the cover.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    April 5th, 2009 @19:07 #

    Hear hear, as Richard says may sales be Rowlingesque -- triumph at the top of that mansucript mountain.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Fiona</a>
    April 6th, 2009 @09:10 #

    Thanks so much for the kind words, everyone. They brought on a severe attack of the warm fuzzies. You really are an incredibly supportive bunch.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    April 6th, 2009 @09:41 #

    At last! Congratulations. Looks like a romp of a read!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    April 6th, 2009 @09:44 #

    At last! Congratulations, Fiona, months worth of reading all your witty postings on have made this one hotly anticipated debut.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Ian Martin</a>
    Ian Martin
    August 1st, 2009 @15:36 #

    For another great book set (partly) at Rhodes I recommend Pop-splat (see for more). It's also aimed at young adults and even though it is a bit more serious, it is still an easy read.


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