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Kevin Bloom

Kevin Bloom is an award-winning author, editor and investigative journalist. He is the co-author of Continental Shift: A Journey into Africa’s Changing Fortunes, published by Portobello in April 2016. His first book, Ways of Staying (Portobello, 2010), was named amongst the best overall titles of the year by South African broadsheets Sunday Times, Sunday Independent and The Witness, and was shortlisted for both the University of Johannesburg Debut Prize and the Alan Paton Award, Africa’s most prestigious non-fiction prize. It won the 2010 South African Literary Award for literary journalism. Kevin is an Honorary Writing Fellow at the University of Iowa, and a recipient of the WISER Writing Fellowship. His byline has appeared in Granta, The Guardian and The Daily Beast, amongst others, and he is a correspondent-at-large for South Africa’s Daily Maverick.

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Ways Of Staying

Kevin Bloom

As a journalist, Kevin Bloom had witnessed and reported on the rising tide of violence in post-Apartheid South Africa. But when his own cousin was killed in a vicious random attack, the questions he’d been asking about the troubling political and social changes in his country took on a sickeningly personal urgency. Suddenly, it felt as though this South Africa was no longer the place he’d grown up in or the place which felt like home. Still stunned by the loss, Bloom begins to trace the path of violence from the murder of his cousin in the hills of Zululand to the fatal shooting of the historian David Rattray, linking these individual crimes to the riven political landscape, and the riots and xenophobic attacks of 2008. Visceral, complicated and compassionate, Ways of Staying is an eloquent account of how the white community is coping with black majority rule, and in particular how one family is coping in the aftermath of their own private tragedy.