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Saturday, September 6, 2014


Adults Only is the second of the Short.Sharp.Stories annual anthologies, produced in conjunction with the National Arts Festival to showcase South African fiction-writing talent. Following 2013’s successful Bloody Satisfied, an eclectic mix of crime-thriller stories, this year’s anthology covers the fashionable theme of sex and sensuality.

Adults Only is a collection of stories of love, lust, sex and sensuality. Within its pages lies a wonderful range of modern sex writing; stories that are raw, dangerous and powerful, as well as those that are delicate, sensitive and poignant. This book will expose readers to provocative and erotic stories that titillate the senses, as well as perverse stories that are riotously funny (but not quite pornography). Adults Only offers a sense of real characters caught in tangled webs of love and lust; the stories included run the gamut from raw and dangerous to sensitive and reserved.

An anthology from established authors and rising talents, Adults Only is South African short-story writing at its best.

Joanne Hichens, curator of the Short.Sharp.Stories awards, is an author, editor and creative-writing teacher at Rhodes University. She has edited three short-story anthologies, Bad Company, The Bed Book of Short Stories and Bloody Satisfied. Her first novel, Divine Justice, was published in 2011.

The contributors are established authors and journalists as well as previously unpublished writers: Ken Barris, Efemia Chela, Christine Coates, Anthony Ehlers, Chantelle Gray van Heerden, Bobby Jordan, Aryan Kaganof, Donvé Lee, Carla Lever, Justine Loots, Alexander Matthews, Sean Mayne, Wamuwi Mbao, Dudumalingani Mqombothi, Tiffany Kagure Mugo, Nick Mulgrew, Gillian Rennie, Arja Salafranca, Alex Smith, Jo Stielau, Alan Walters and Eugene Yiga.

Adults Only is printed in paperback and features a foreword by Helena S. Paige and an introduction by Makhosazana Xaba. ISBN 9781928230007 Retail price (subject to change) R190.