*UPDATE: THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED – WE ARE AT CAPACITY.*
Next week, we discuss Poacher by Kimon de Greef and Shuhood Abader, published by NB.
“A stunning achievement. A classic South African narrative that includes questions of race, place, politics and morality. Intimate and wide-ranging, superbly researched and superbly written…” – Richard Poplak
DETAILS: Thursday 4 July at 18:00 for 18:30, Kalk Bay Books
RSVP ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL before 2 July: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 021 788 2266
Locked up for poaching abalone, Shuhood Abader began writing his life story. For over fifteen years, he had been a small cog in a criminal industry stretching from the Cape underworld to China’s luxury seafood market. As abalone – perlemoen, perly – vanishes from the South African coast, Shuhood’s first-person account takes us right into the heart of the crisis.
Kimon de Greef’s postgraduate research on poaching led him into journalism, and today he is the pre-eminent local expert on the illicit abalone trade. He contextualises Abader’s raw, immediate tale by showing how the system works: from desperate fishing communities via gang strongholds on the Cape Flats, tik, guns and police complicity to the harbours of Morocco and Hong Kong.
Journey with the authors through death-defying dives, blackmail, robbery, shark encounters, near-drownings, and chases by police and rivals.
Poacher tells the story of a deadly black market; but it is also the story of a man, deeply conflicted, committed to his faith and searching for a better way.
Kimon de Greef will be in conversation with Mark Gevisser.