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Podcast and Feature: Alexandra Fuller in SA

The Legend of Colton H BryantTan Twan Eng, Justin Cartwright, Karabo Kgoleng, Alexandra Fuller and Vikas SwarupTwo Sunday Times journalists caught up with Alexandra Fuller during her trip to South Africa to promote The Legend of Colton H Bryant. Andrew Donaldson finds her at the Franschhoek Literary Festival and Paul Ash interviews her in Johannesburg. Enjoy this feature and podcast:

She is undoubtedly smart and intelligent, but what was with the pashmina? Did she not have any idea?
Chic as it may well once have been in a Helen of Hampstead kind of way, maybe 10 or so years ago, it just wasn’t going to work in the sort of weather thrown at last weekend’s Franschhoek Literary Festival.

And yet here was one of the festival’s star attractions, Alexandra Fuller, skinny and kind of fey, like something that might be stuck next to Ralph Fiennes on a movie poster, wearing little more than a pashmina. With lentil-head open sandals. She’s used to far worse weather now that she’s been living in Wyoming since 1994, but a lot of us, we just froze looking at her. It was deliberate. Of course it was.

Fuller was in the country to promote her latest book, The Legend of Colton H Bryant, a non-fiction novel, if you will, about a tragic victim of the oil rigs on Wyoming’s high plains. But a quick glance at the festival programme indicated that it was her two previous books — Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood and Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier — that had outlined her festival agenda.

Podcast: Alexandra Fuller in conversation with Paul Ash

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Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Karina</a>
    May 25th, 2009 @15:44 #

    I am wondering, what is it about journalists and women interviewees? Why is it always necessary to comment on the women's cloths? Did anybody report on Christopher Hope's shoes or shirt at the FLF? I am almost certain that nobody did.
    Here, 132 words are 'wasted' on describing Fuller's clothes when there is really so much more to be said about this brilliant, provocative and funny writer and her work.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    May 25th, 2009 @15:54 #

    What Karina said, underlined about six times. I am utterly fed up with this. C'mon guys, it's the 21st century.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Rustum Kozain</a>
    Rustum Kozain
    May 25th, 2009 @22:50 #

    Ja, that's pucked up.


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