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4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  47 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
There’s an out-of-control swarm of insects hampering the completion of Nineveh, a luxury estate outside Cape Town. When Katya Grubbs, proprietor of Painless Pest Relocations, is called in, she discovers far more to exorcise than the mysterious infestation. Her own past returns to torment her in the form of her unruly father and the chaos he creates. With Nineveh crumbling ...more
Paperback, 207 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Umuzi
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David Kenvyn
Nov 11, 2013 David Kenvyn rated it really liked it
Henrietta Rose-Innes has written a well-crafted and fascinating book about people living in the new South Africa. Katya is a humane pest-controller working in an about-to-be-opened luxury estate, Nineveh, which is threatened by two kinds of infestations. The insects are unpleasant, but it is the humans that are the real problem (and no, they are not squatters).

Obviously, it would be unfair to give away too much of the plot, but it is safe to say that Katya's relationship with her employer, her
Feb 27, 2015 Hattie rated it it was amazing
well, I inhaled that book in just over an hour...
Ruth Browne
Oct 24, 2013 Ruth Browne rated it really liked it
This is the first Rose-Innes novel I've read. It was strange, beautiful and poignantly frustrating -- no quick fixes for Katya and her rough-spirited father, who haunts her and shapes her in equal parts. The Cape Town setting, particularly the Noordhoek beach and marshy fynbos and the mountains, put me right at home, literally. I love novels set in my home town with the half-guilty fervour of any local. Rose-Innes has an eye for light, shape and colour that gives her writing the texture of real ...more
Feb 08, 2014 Claire rated it it was amazing
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Exceptionally atmospheric writing - will be searching out more titles by Rose-Innes!
Oct 19, 2011 Tiah rated it it was amazing
I am going to end on a high note - this is the last book I'm staring. I live in too small of a pond for stars. But this one easily deserves its 5. If I blog this I'll add a review.

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Aug 22, 2011 Paige Nick rated it really liked it
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Henrietta Rose-Innes is a South African writer based in Cape Town. Her novel Nineveh was published by Random House Struik in 2011, following a short-story collection, Homing and two earlier novels: Shark's Egg and The Rock Alphabet.

In 2012, her short story 'Sanctuary' took second place in the BBC International Short Story Competition. Nineveh was shortlisted for the 2012 Sunday Times Fiction Prize
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