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Marilyn Honikman
Biographical info

Marilyn Honikman has been involved with writers most of her life. She says: “But I was a ‘smous’, a marketer, not a writer. Everyone else in my life was always the writer – from the authors whose books I marketed at Ravan Press and David Philip Publishers to my colleagues, the journalists at The Weekly Mail and Mail and Guardian where I was for fifteen years, again not a writer, but the sales and marketing director.”

She has run marketing and reader research workshops for newspaper publishers, editors and marketing managers in Khartoum, Kigali, Beirut (with Iraqi publishers), in Hanoi and in South Africa. Before this she taught History, English and Art in KwaZulu Natal.

There Should Have Been Five (published in April 2016) is her second book. In 2010 Tafelberg published The Mystery of the SS Waratah and the Avocado Tree.

She lives in Newlands, Cape Town.

Anton Harber said of The Mystery of the SS Waratah: “It’s a wonderful book. She has taken a tale she heard many years ago, and turned it into an adventure for kids, a story of intellectual detection. She has wound together history, both national and personal, and childhood adventure. Someone once said that children get the books that their parents deserve. This is one of them. It is delightful.”
Marguerite Poland called it a fast, exciting read. “It is a wonderful story [. . .] told beautifully. It is also a fascinating piece of history [. . .] researched meticulously.”

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