South African playwright Hannah Meade arrives in London for the
opening night of her new play. She has arranged to meet Pierre, the
student she was in love with when she taught English in Paris. During
their time together, they lied their way towards truths they were too
young and inexperienced to endure. Perhaps this time they will have a
As the reader is drawn from contemporary London back to Paris
on the eve of the war in Iraq, the mystery of past events is brought to
vivid life in a series of dramatic, intriguing and deeply moving
encounters. Written in layered, stark prose, The White Room lays bare
many of our assumptions about language, identity, memory, loss and
‘Craig Higginson is at the vanguard of the latest and most exciting
novelists in South Africa, both robust and sensitive, offering a barometer
of the best to be expected from the newest wave of writing in the
country.’ – André Brink
‘In its conception and execution, The White Room is remarkable ...
Evocative and dreamlike, yet all too nightmarishly real, this is a story so
moving that it leaves a powerful afterimage on the reader’s
imagination.’ – Craig Mackenzie
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