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Henning Mankell to Take Part in Open Book Festival 2013

A Treacherous ParadiseAlert! It has just been announced that Swedish writer Henning Mankell, who spends half his year running a theatre in Mozambique, will be taking part in this year’s Open Book Festival in Cape Town.

Mankell is best known for his detective Kurt Wallander crime novels, but after consigning Wallander to a care home in the last book in the series, Mankell’s latest novel, A Treacherous Paradise, is set in Mozambique at the beginning of the 20th century and tells the story of a Swedish woman who ends up running a brothel in Maputo.

His appearance at Open Book will certainly be one of the events not to be missed.

Press release

Internationally acclaimed author of the Wallander mysteries, Henning Mankell, has confirmed he will be attending Open Book next month.

Mankell’s work extends far beyond the Wallander series though – he is an accomplished dramatist and has published over 20 novels as well as books for children and young adults.

Audience members will have a wealth of events to chose from and authors to see over the five days of Open Book. For the complete author list as well as the programme, please visit our website. Tickets are available through Webtickets.

If you would like further details about the festival, please contact Frankie (

The Open Book Team

Open Book is organised in partnership with The Fugard Theatre, Equal Education, The District 6 Museum, The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts, British Council, The Townhouse Hotel, Central Library, Caine Prize, The Embassy of Sweden, Medecins Sans Frontieres, PEN UK & PEN SA, Nederlands Letterfonds and sponsored by Leopard’s Leap, Absa, Highland Park Whisky, Penguin Books, Pan Macmillan, Random House Struik, NB Publishers, Jonathan Ball, Book Promotions, Fox & Raven Publishers, Granta and Oxford University Press.


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