the shining girls by award-winning author lauren beukes

Chicago, 1931. A strange house gives serial-killer Harper the power to travel through time; to hunt and kill his ‘shining girls’. They’re bright young women full of spark – until he cuts it out of them, leaving clues from different times behind to taunt fate. Kirby, the 90s girl, survives his attack and turns the hunt around. Tracing Harper’s bloody trail of victims – from a glowing dancer in the 30s to a tough welder in the 40s and a bombshell architect in the 50s – Kirby is running out of time trying to solve an impossible mystery. And Harper is heading towards her once again.

Described as The Time Traveler’s Wife meets The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Lauren Beukes’ latest novel is eagerly awaited by fans worldwide and is set for release in South Africa on 15 April. Lauren is the author of the acclaimed Zoo City, which won the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke Award and the 2010 Kitschies Red Tentacle for best novel. It was also shortlisted for numerous other awards, including the 2010 BSFA Award for best novel and the 2011 World Fantasy award for best novel.

Lauren will be at three Cape Town launch events for The Shining Girls during April, as follows:

THE BOOK LOUNGE | Friday, April 19th 2013 | 5:30pm
The Book Lounge also has two pre-publication specials on offer:

  • Paperback edition: R162 (retail price R180)
  • Hardback Limited Collectors Edition: R261 (retail price R290)

The books will be signed by Lauren, and she is happy to personalise/dedicate the books as required.

Space is limited so it is imperative to book as soon as possible. Click here to RSVP, and for details about how to pre-order.

KALK BAY BOOKS | Tuesday, 23 April 2013 | 6.30 for 7pm
If you’re in the South, don’t miss the launch at Kalk Bay Books, where Lauren will be in conversation with Sarah Lotz. Again, booking is essential. All info and details can be found here.

EXCLUSIVES CANAL WALK | Wednesday, 24 April 2013 | 5:30pm for 6:00pm
Lauren will also be talking about her book at Exclusives Canal Walk, and you can RSVP by emailing

In the meantime, here are the two book trailers to whet your literary appetite.

Lauren Beukes website and Facebook page.

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