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Reney Warrington

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Here we go.

October, the English translation of my debut novel Oktober, (published in March 2102 by Protea Books) will be published in September/October of 2013. Watch this space or follow me on Twitter Facebook for

Warrington manages to photograph that which is not there. The empty spaces ask the viewer to see what the camera cannot. In Oktober Warrington does the same with text. – Izak de Vries.



What is the point of a relationship with an expiry date? To quell the loneliness, I answer.

Jo, a professional photographer, and Leigh, a pop singer meet in Johannesburg. Shortly afterwards both their lives fall apart. After a bitter family fight, Jo is cut off from her niece and nephew. It is this loss that frames her views and informs much of her work that is to follow. She flees to London, where she bumps into Leigh again. With Leigh’s encouragement Jo exhibits her photography in a London gallery. She becomes close to the two-year old son of the gallery owner, which opens up old wounds. Leigh has her own demons to fight, but a romance nevertheless develops between the two, even though they both know Leigh’s relationships rarely lasts longer than three months. Can the love between them survive? The old fashioned courtship that follows forms the core of this novel which will holds the attention of the reader to the last page.



Warrington and her spouse are both photographers living  in Johannesburg. Some of ’s photographs form an integral part of her debut novel. She will shortly exhibit her second solo show.



“It is moving, unique and brutally honest.” 

Rooi Rose

“When you put down the book, you are sad to say goodbye to Jo Bester. She, and Warrington, add a new, powerful voice to the literary world.” 

Nicole Jaekel-Strauss (Beeld)

“Read this book if the mystery of human relationships interests you or if you just want to read a book that makes you feel good.”

Vilien-Miri Coetzee (Huisgenoot)

“A novel that successfully gives a voice to the different stages of love that connect two people…and simultaneously is an accusation against the kind of prejudices that one might hope have died long ago.”

Thys Human (Rapport)


Recent comments:

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    September 11th, 2013 @09:32 #

    Nice cover, Reney.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">tiah</a>
    September 11th, 2013 @13:10 #


    Perhaps consider cutting and pasting the 'about' into the comments. The understated post is beautifully presented, but have also learned that with the popularity of internet surfing via the phone people are often loathed to do 'extra clicks.' It's a balance. Clutter vs getting message out there - I won't claim to have hit it right yet. Still, I'm tossing it out there.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Reney Warrington</a>
    Reney Warrington
    September 16th, 2013 @14:01 #

    Thanks, Ben! And yes, Tiah, you're right. I should add more content. I will do so shortly.


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