Isla Morley

Isla Morley grew up in South Africa during apartheid, the child of a British father and fourth-generation South African mother. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband (a minister) and daughter and an assortment of animals. Her debut novel, Come Sunday, was awarded the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction in 2009 and was a finalist for the Commonwealth Prize. It has been translated into seven languages.

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Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Playing the piano.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Wit, loyalty, and genuineness

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Miss Havisham

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Any anonymous peasant girl will do.

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