Bianca Marais

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Bianca Marais holds a Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies.

Before turning to writing, she started a corporate training company and volunteered with Cotlands, where she assisted care workers in Soweto with providing aid for HIV/AIDS orphans and their caregivers.

Originally from South Africa, she now resides in Toronto with her husband and three pets (Muggle, Mrs Norris and Wombat). Yes, she is a huge Harry Potter fan. And also isn't at all uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.

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Bianca Marais Hi Susan,

Thanks so much for the lovely feedback and for being in touch.

For me, Robin’s and Beauty’s stories are far from over and I really hope I…more
Hi Susan,

Thanks so much for the lovely feedback and for being in touch.

For me, Robin’s and Beauty’s stories are far from over and I really hope I build up enough of a readership that I do get to publish the sequel one day.

In the mean time, prepare to see a cameo appearance by Robin and Beauty (which takes place in 1996) in my latest novel ‘If You Want to Make God Laugh’ which will be published next year.

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Bianca Marais Hi Linda,

Firstly, thank you so much for recommending HUM to your library! I really appreciate it.

And then, absolutely! I'd love to Skype with you; I…more
Hi Linda,

Firstly, thank you so much for recommending HUM to your library! I really appreciate it.

And then, absolutely! I'd love to Skype with you; I love chatting with book clubs and try to accommodate as many of them as I can. Please just mail me at hum.bookclub@gmail.com to set up the date a few weeks in advance.

Fingers crossed that they pick it and thanks again.(less)
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Hum If You Don’t Know the W...

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I've been so encouraged to hear back from readers of HUM who've said that although they never knew much about apartheid, the book made them want to learn more. Some readers expressed a wish that I'd written more about the history of apartheid, and although I had binders and binders full of research that I'd really wanted to include in the novel, it unfortunatley would've bogged Beauty's and Rob... Read more of this blog post »
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"13 year old Briony sees her older sister Cecilia and Robbie, the housekeepers son arguing and thinks she is seeing something she is not. Robbie is of college age as is Cecilia. He realizes that he has feelings towards her. He drafts several versio..." Read more of this review »
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“I didn’t know what to say in a world where people were hated and attacked for not being the right color, not speaking the right language, not worshipping the right god or not loving the right people; a world where hatred was the common language, and bricks, the only words.”
Bianca Marais, Hum If You Don’t Know the Words

“Some good-byes are as gentle and inevitable as sunset, while some blindside you like a collision you didn't see coming. Some good-byes are schoolyard bullies you are powerless to stop, while others punctuate the end of a relationship because you decided: enough. Some are heartbreaking, leaving you a little more damaged than you were before, others set you free.”
Bianca Marais, Hum If You Don’t Know the Words

“I do not think it is brave to pick up a gun or to carry a bomb, but it is brave to open yourself up to the potential for loss and disappointment when you have already felt too much of its sting.”
Bianca Marais, Hum If You Don’t Know the Words

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