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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Author Revealed

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Ag shame - a South African colloquialism that can be applied to a wide spectrum of regrettable circumstances, from a terrible tragedy to a cup of tea gone cold.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Receiving forwarded emails that are fear-mongering rants by people who believe if they read something on the internet, it must be true.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. California rolls and miso soup

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. A willingness to listen.

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