South African author Sheila Kohler will be in the UK from 31st January – 3rd February 2017 for the launch of her memoir, "Once We Were Sisters".
It tells the story of the two sisters – Maxine and Sheila Kohler, growing up in 1950s South Africa, then living apart when Sheila moved to America, and Sheila's return home after she received the news of her sister's death at the hands of her husband - a brilliant and respected surgeon who drove their car off the road and killed her.
After many years of writing in various ways about her sister's death in fictional form, Sheila finally felt impelled to share the truth for others who might confront similar situations of domestic violence to offer support - convinced by the evidence that her sister's death was not an accident.
Born in Johannesburg, Sophie is the author of 14 works of fiction including the novels Dreaming for Freud, Becoming Jane Eyre and Cracks, which was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and made into a film. Her work has been featured in the New York Times and O Magazine and included in The Best American Short Stories.
She has twice won an O'Henry Prize, as well as an Open Fiction Award, a Willa Cather Prize and a Smart Family Foundation Prize.
She now teaches at Princeton University and lives in New York City.