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Barbara Mutch Writes About Her Trip to Johannesburg to Promote The Housemaid’s Daughter

The Housemaid\'s DaughterOn her blog, Barbara Mutch has written about her trip to Johannesburg to promote her debut novel, The Housemaid’s Daughter. Mutch spoke to a group of readers at Novel Books before visiting Sue Grant-Marshall at Radio Today to feature on her Reading Matters show. Later she spoke to Grant-Marshall again for a Business Day interview.

Then it was on to Talk Radio 702 for an interview with Jenny Crwys-Williams. The busy day ended with a launch at Love Books, which Much says “may be the prettiest bookshop in the world”:

I have just returned to Cape Town after a hectic day in Johannesburg promoting The Housemaid’s Daughter. The day started with a 4am wake up call (gasp), and I leapt onto a 7am flight.
I was born in Johannesburg and later lived there as an adult for 8 years, but even so I found it utterly changed and so much more vibrant than when I was last there in the early 90s.

At the airport I was met by the charming Dedre, representing my SA distributers. Our first port of call was Novel Books in Bryanston where I spoke to an enthuastic audience which included a long lost cousin and a family friend from those earlier Jhb days! And it was a pleasure to meet so many readers who felt a personal connection with the book and its Karoo setting. My thanks to Helen and Sharon for their warm welcome.

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