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Cover reveal: The US edition of Nineveh – Henrietta Rose-Innes’s beasts and beetles will soon be swarming across the US

Henrietta Rose-Innes


Alert! Unnamed Press has revealed the cover for the United States edition of Henrietta Rose-Innes’s Nineveh.

The novel was first published in South Africa by Umuzi in 2011, and is also published in Spanish by Almadia in Mexico and in French by Editions Zoe. The French translation was awarded the François Sommer Literary Prize at the end of 2014.

This edition of Nineveh will be launched in November 2016, with a book tour on the United States East Coast.

Have a look at the gorgeous spread of covers:

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“Seeing your book’s cover for the first time can be a fraught moment for an author, but I’ve been really fortunate: I’ve had wonderfully skilled designers working on my books,” Rose-Innes says.

The cover is designed by artist and Unnamed Press in-house art director Jaya Nicely, and Rose-Innes says: “I love its menace and mystery.”

“The looming building is a reference to the luxury housing development that gives the novel its name, and to bigger themes of urban growth and decay. I’m very much looking forward to introducing Nineveh to America in November.”

Olivia Taylor Smith of Unnamed Press told the Blake Friedmann literary agency: “We are thrilled to be publishing Henrietta Rose-Innes in the United States and the novel Nineveh in particular.

“Rose-Innes has the remarkable ability to create worlds that are lush, vivid, and endlessly fascinating, entire ecosystems and hidden communities that are buzzing with life. This is an absorbing, in every sense of the word, gothic novel for the 21st Century exploring both human relationships and the environment with grace and wit.”

The author says: “I’m delighted to have found a home on Unnamed Press’s exciting list – and very happy that Nineveh’s beasts and beetles will be swarming across the US soon.”

Rose-Innes’s most recent novel is Green Lion, published last year by Umuzi.



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