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Shelf life: Deon Meyer


The South African crime writer shares his fi ve favourite books with Judith Spelman

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Deon Meyer is a South African award-winning crime writer. His career began as a reporter on a daily newspaper in Bloemfontein and he subsequently worked as a press liaison officer, a copywriter, an internet strategist and a brand consultant before becoming a full-time author. Deon decided that for him, the best way was to ‘work his way up’ to writing a novel by writing short stories so that he could learn the basics of writing fiction. He wrote about fifteen short stories before he set to work on his first novel. ‘With the internet being so available these days I don’t think I would be able to write anything without using it for research,’ he says.

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