Gillian Slovo in conversation with Boyd Tonkin
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.
In conversation with Boyd Tonkin, Gillian Slovo spoke about the passions and influences that inform her work and life.
Gillian Slovo lives in London. Her book Red Dust (2000) is being made into a film starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Boyd Tonkin is literary editor of The Independent and broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio arts programmes.
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