I Am No One

Arminta Wallace, Books to watch out for in 2016, The Irish Times, 2 January 2016.

Alex Preston, Fiction Highlights for 2016, The Observer, 3 January 2016.

Michael LaPointe, Times Literary Supplement, 27 January 2016.

Jackie McGlone, Glasgow Herald, 30 January 2016.

Interview with Mariella Frostrup, BBC Radio 4 Open Book, 31 January 2016.

Gerard Woodward, The Independent, 4 February 2016.

Darragh McManus, The Irish Independent, 7 February 2016.

Lucy Daniel, The Daily Telegraph, 6 February 2016.

Malcolm Forbes, The National / Review [UAE], 10 February 2015.

A.S. Byatt, The Guardian, 13 February 2016.

Lucy Popescu, Independent on Sunday, 14 February 2016.

Claire Allfree, Metro, 15 February 2016. [Not online.] 

Jane Graham, The Big Issue, 26 February 2016.

Kate Webb, The Spectator, 27 February 2016.

Fiona Wilson, The Times, 27 February 2016. [Paywall.]

Farhana Gani, 14 gripping new books for bedtime reading, Reader’s Digest, February 2016.

Kirkus, 1 May 2016.

Sarah Lyall, “12 New Books We’re Reading This Summer (and 6 Not So New)”, New York Times, 26 May 2016.

* Starred Review in Publishers Weekly, June 2016. 

Shelf Awareness, 3 June 2016. 

Wall Street Journal, 1 July 2016.

Rayyan Al-Shawaf, Toronto Star, 3 July 2016.

Bruce DeSilva, Associated Press, 5 July.

Annalisa Quinn, NPR, 7 July 2016.

Jonathan Lee, New York Times Book Review, 27 July 2016.

Irina Reyn, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 September 2016.

Bryan Hurt, The Los Angeles Review of Books, 18 November 2016.

Fallen Land

Starred review in Publishers Weekly, 3 June 2013. *

Starred review in Kirkus, 20 June 2013. *

Starred review in Booklist, August 2013. * 

Starred Review in Library Journal, September 2013. *

John Burnside, The Guardian, 24 April 2013.

Rebecca Dark, We Love This Book, May 2013.

Phil Baker, The Sunday Times, 12 May 2013 (subscription).

William Rycroft, Just William's Luck (blog/vlog), 20 May 2013.

Michael Bonner, Uncut, 28 May 2013.

David Evans, Financial Times, 1 June 2013.

Malcolm Forbes, The National, 1 June 2013.

Review in Monocle, June 2013 (subscription).

James Walton, The Daily Telegraph, 8 June 2013.

Leyla Sanai, The Independent on Sunday, 9 June 2013.

Geordie Williamson, 'Dashed hopes turn to dystopia', The Australian, 29 June 2013.

Jonathan McAloon, Times Literary Supplement, 1 August 2013. [Subscription only.]

John McCrystal, New Zealand Herald, 3 August 2013.

Shawn Swingler, Cape Times (South Africa), August 2013.

Lauren Bufferd, "A Sinister Struggle", Bookpage, August 2013.

Matt Hartman, Bookslut, August 2013.

Sam Sacks, "Bookshelf: Fiction Chronicle", Wall Street Journal 16 August 2013

Jan Stuart, "Shadow 'Land'", Boston Globe, 17 August 2013

Michele Magwood, "Hearth of Darkness", The Sunday Times (South Africa), 25 August 2013.

Phil Cornell, "Patrick Flanery's 'Fallen Land' is a chilling modern-day bogeyman tale", 'Page Views/Book Blog', The New York Daily News, 28 August 2013.

James Bradley, 'Fallen Land provides chilling portrait of modern America', Washington Post, 11 September 2013.

Ann Browne, "Guest Blog Review: Fallen Land", Books, Time, and Silence (blog), 13 September 2013.

Jennifer de Klerk, Artslink (South Africa), 16 September 2013.

Sue Grant-Marshall, Business Day (South Africa), 17 September 2013.

Lara Buxbaum, "Land of Broken Dreams", Aerodrome (South Africa)25 Sept. 2013.

Hazel Barnes, "Beautiful character development in a tale that looks at home", The Witness (South Africa)25 Sept. 2013.

David Vann, 'Company Man', The New York Times, 4 Oct. 2013.

Review of French translation in Dimanche Ouest France (Saint-Malo/Dinard), 7 September 2016.


BEST OF 2012:

Wall Street Journal, Best Books of 2012.

A.S. Byatt, The Guardian, Books of the Year 2012.

Kirkus, Best Fiction (Debuts), 2012.

Jonathan Derbyshire, New Statesman, December 2012.

Boston Bibliophile, December 2012.

The Blurb (Australia), Books of the Year 2012.


Advance notice for Absolution in the US trade publication Library Journal.

Profile in the British trade publication The Bookseller.

Article in the Guardian on Waterstones 11 (2012).

Profile by James Kidd in The Independent.

Profile of debut authors in Dulwich OnView.

Announcement of Desmond Elliott Prize 2012 Longlist.

NPR's 15 Summer Reads Handpicked by Indie Booksellers, 25 May 2012.

Announcement of Spear's Book Awards 2012 Shortlist.

CS Monitor's '3 of the best summer novels' list, 20 June 2012.

CJ Schuler, 'Authors' Club Best First Novel shortlist unveiled', The Independent, 30 April 2013. 


In discussion about Absolution with Sarah Crown for the Guardian podcast on debut fiction, 2 March 2012.

In discussion about Absolution with Sue Grant-Marshall (host) on her show, “Reading Matters”, Radio Today (1485 AM in Johannesburg; throughout South Africa on DSTV audio channel 169; streaming at www.1485.org.za), 26 April 2012.

In discussion about Absolution on Midori House, Monocle 24, 17 May 2012. From 24'35".


Starred review in Library Journal. *

* Starred review in Kirkus. *

Adam O'Riordan, ‘Apartheid’s aftermath in shades of black and Greene’, The Observer, 26 Feb 2012.

William Rycroft, “the long tail of the root”, Just William’s Luck blog, 28 February 2012

Review by Victoria Cooper in Red Magazine online, 1 March 2012.

Review by John Harding in The Daily Mail, 2 March 2012.

Review by Lucy Beresford in The Sunday Telegraph, 4 March 2012.

Elena Seymenliyska includes Absolution in a review of four "highlights from a strong season for first novels", Daily Telegraph, 10 March 2012.

Christopher Hope, 'A timely debut about South African guilt', The Guardian, 16 March 2012.

Review by Candace Fertile in the Edmonton Journal, 24 March 2012.

Review by Leyla Sanai in The Independent, 27 March 2012.

Lauren Bufferd, “Under African Skies”, BookPage Fiction top pick, April 2012.

Recommended by the GQ Book Club, GQ magazine, April 2012, p.211.

Leo Robson, "A Land of Aftermath: Visions of life beyond apartheid" (review of Absolution alongside Nadine Gordimer’s No Time Like the Present), The New Statesman, 2 April 2012.

Review by David Evans in the Financial Times, 7 April 2012.

Nicholas Mancusi and Malcolm Jones, “This Week’s Hot Reads: April 9, 2012”, The Daily Beast, 9 April 2012.

Martin Rubin, “A Haunting Past, A Fractious Present”, Wall Street Journal 13 April 2012.

Michael Titlestad, “Cross-border raid forgiven: An American on our turf proves that literature cannot be confined by national boundaries”, Mail & Guardian [South Africa] 20 April 2012.

Review on the Boston Bibliophile blog, 26 April 2012.

Alexandra Fuller, “Unreconciled”, New York Times Book Review 27 April 2012, in print on 29 April in the Sunday Book Review, page BR19.

Jennifer de Klerk, Review and Interview, ArtsLink.co.za, 28 April 2012.

Jennifer de Klerk, “Exposing the layers of a complex society”, The Saturday Star, 28 April 2012, p. 5

Philip Gourevitch, “Unreconciled: Patrick Flanery’s Absolution”, New Yorker, 30 April 2012.

Lyndall Gordon, “Unweaving the Rainbow Nation”, Literary Review, May 2012, p. 52. [Subscription required.]

Malcolm Forbes, “Absolution: Challenging but rewarding”, The National [UAE], 5 May 2012.

Justice Malala, 'Where are the Black Writers', The Times [South Africa], 7 May 2012.

Ed Winstead, “Unknown Unknowns”, Rumpus.net, 7 May 2012.

Joel Yanofsky, “Patrick Flanery’s novel Absolution is set against a backdrop of modern-day South Africa”, Montreal Gazette, 17 May 2012. 

Bongani Kona, “Truths lurk beneath surface and the past casts tyrannical shadows”, Cape Times, 18 May 2012, p. 12

Review by Alexandra Bowie in The Brooklyn Bugle, 18 May 2012.

James Bradley, “Searching questions for the new South Africa”, The Australian, 19 May 2012.

Akin Ajayi, 'Accuser Accused', Times Literary Supplement, 29 June 2012, p. 19. [Subscription required.]

Review by Paula Green, New Zealand Herald, 6 July 2012.

Review by Sue Grant-Marshall, Financial Mail (South Africa), 12 July 2012.

Review by Lomin Saayman, Sunday Times (South Africa), 20 August 2012.

Review by Claire Looby, Irish Times, 27 April 2013.

Review by Adele Newson-Horst, World Literature Today, September 2013.

Review by Lauren Bufferd, Bookpage, 2016.


Review by Anne Jongeling of Dutch translation, ABSOLUTIE, NU.nl ('Now', Dutch news website), 9 July 2012.

Jan H. Landro, "Strålande debutroman" (Superb First Novel), Dag og Tid (Oslo), 11 January 2013.

Review of Italian translation by Erminio Fischetti, Fuori le Mura (Rome), 5 June 2013.

Review of French translation, "À la lueur de l'apartheid", Le Télégramme, August 2013.

"Absolution de Patrick Flanery", Au pouvoir des mots (France, blog), 24 August 2013.

Emily Barnett, Clémentine Goldszal, Bruno Juffin, Nelly Kaprièlian, Elisabeth Philippe, "Les 40 romans de la rentrée", Les Inrockuptibles 14/20. Aout 2013: 26-37.

"Les différentes mémoires et l'oubli". Feedbooks (France). 28 August 2013.

Claire Devarrieux, "Alarmes secrètes", Libération. 28 August 2013.

"Absolution" de Patrick Flanery. 20 Minutes (France). 30 August 2013.

"Livres: Le Top Ten du Elle". Elle (France). September 2013.

"Absolution de Patrick Flanery", Plaisirs à cultiver (France, blog), 4 September 2013.

Simon Geneviève, "Les silences de l'apartheid', La Libre.be (Belgium), 16 December 2013.

Review of German translation, by Winfried Stanzick, Versalia, 23 January 2014.

Marie-France Bornais, "Thriller psychologique post-apartheid", Le Journal de Québec, 14 February 2014 (subscription).

Review of French translation, Un moment pour lire (blog), 24 February 2014.