Last night I was privileged to meet one of my favourite authors, Karen Jennings, who’s latest offering (Travels with my father-An autobiographical novel) was launched at the eclectic Book Lounge in Cape Town.
Jennings who holds Master’s degrees in both English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town, and a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is a truly humble person.
During the long anticipated interview she answered the questions quietly as if trying not to draw attention to herself and although some questions were asked with certain intelligent answers in mind, Jennings replied as if she were sitting and chatting with a friend and gave brief and direct, yet profound details about her writing process.
One of my highlights of her interview was when she provided advice to writers in the audience saying: “Writing is hard work, you need days in your pajamas where you don’t comb your hair, you need lots of tea and naps.”
Jennings read two extracts from her book which is based on the life of her father and his influence on her life. In the footsteps of her father, Jennings travels the world where the relationship between members of the family is sensitively recorded.
The book examines Jennings life between losing her father and falling in love. It is a tale of humour, sadness, history and ultimately learning to grieve, love and how to fit the past into the present.
It is beautifully written and immensely satisfying to read. I would recommend this book to old and young alike….what are you waiting for? Go and buy it!