Kevin Bloom is that rare creature - a local journalist who kept his head and a measure of cool objectivity even as South Africa teetered on the brink of madness. He is familiar with the darkest corners of our collective psyche, but he somehow renders the mess we're in with the lucid detachment of a New Yorker writer. This is a vanishingly rare achievement. Bloom's tales of who we are and how we got here should be read by everyone contemplating the agonising question that follows: where are we going?
Rian Malan, author of MY TRAITOR'S HEART
A riveting examination of South Africa's chronic illness, murderous revenge mostly on whites but worryingly on foreign blacks too. I could not put this book down
Ways of Staying is a profoundly uncomfortable book. Motivated by the author's experience of no longer feeling at home in South Africa, it is also an important one ... with wide-eyed humanity, he tells complex, often difficult stories of individuals and how the senseless, shattering violence of events based in social and political changes have affected them. Prompted by trauma, Ways of Staying transcends being an angry book; instead Bloom's conclusions about what it means to stay in South Africa are both sensitive and powerfully resonant