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Nominated for a NOMMO 2020 award!

By Tracey Farren

The Book of Malachi

Tracey has just published her third novel.

This is a book of speculative fiction about an inhumane medical project taking place on an abandoned oil rig in the deep sea.
Malachi, a mute survivor of an African civil war must decide whether to risk his life for the victims or let them perish. Now available at all leading bookstores in South Africa.

The book is available in the US, Canada, UK and Commonwealth at:

About the Author

Tracey Farren

Tracey Farren lives a stone’s throw from the Cape Point Nature Reserve, Cape Town with her partner and a pack of dogs and children. She completed a psychology honours degree at the University of Cape Town before working as a freelance journalist.

A course with creative writing guru, Anne Shuster turned her writing life on its head.

Previous Novels


Now a Feature Film “Tess”

Tracey’s first novel, Whiplash (Modjadji Books) was inspired by the feisty street workers she met during her journalistic research. She was fascinated by the horror of their daily lives and the character, Tess was born of their spirit. 


Whiplash has been republished as Tess.

Tracey was nominated for a South African Film and TV Award (SAFTA) for her screenplay, Tess, adapted from her novel, Whiplash.


Tracey’s second novel, Snake (Modjadji Books) is a psychological thriller about a little farm girl who watches a charming stranger destroy her family. She calls on her intimacy with the wild and her fierce courage to try and stop him. 


All the dramas we create in our lives and our books try hard to forget our beauty. But it waits inside us, smiling.”


In The Media

About Tracey’s Work

Tess – Film Trailer

“Tess” is a screen adaptation of Tracey’s book Whiplash.

Tess – SABC Interview

Tracey, with Meg Rickards, interviewed on SABC News.

Tracey’s SAFTA Nomination

Tracey was nominated for Best Achievement in Scriptwriting.

Sunday Times Review

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Johannesburg Review of Books

Read the full interview

Cape Talk Pippa Hudson Interview

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Litnet review

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New Scientist Magazine review

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SF Book: Writing Malachi by T C Farren

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Paul Di Filippo, Locus Magazine review

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Doreen Sheridan, The Frumious Consortium review

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Amy Walker, Trans-Scribe review

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