Gillian Slovo

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Gillian Slovo lives in London. Her book Red Dust (2000) is being made into a film starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

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2005

Monday, 7 March 2005

Shortlisted for last year’s Orange Prize for her powerful portrayal of Stalinist Russia in Ice Road (2004), Gillian Slovo is a prolific author whose personal and professional history are equally remarkable. Born in South Africa, she is the daughter of the anti-apartheid activists Joe Slovo and Ruth First, who was assassinated. Whether writing fiction (The Betrayal, 1991), her turbulent childhood memoir (Every Secret Thing, 1997) or the documentary play Guantanamo, a hit both here and in New York, politics are rarely far beneath the surface.

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