Slovo, Gillain

About Gillian Slovo

Biography (British Council)

Goldfarb, Sheldon. “Gillian Slovo.” Critical Survey of Mystery & Detective Fiction, 2008

Peck, David. “Gillian Slovo.” Guide to Literary Masters & Their Works, 2007



P. W. “The General.” New Internationalist, no. 461, Apr. 2013

Davies, Helen. “Saving General Gordon: Review of Gillian Slovo’s An Honourable Man.” Neo-Victorian Studies, vol. 5, no. 2, 2012

Barnard, Josie. “Martyr’s Mission.” Times Literary Supplement, no. 5680, 2012

Flanery, Patrick Denman. “Black Orchids.” Times Literary Supplement, no. 5528, 2009

Conaty, Barbara. “Ice Road.” Library Journal, vol. 130, no. 11, 2005

Brantley, Ben. “’Guantánamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom.” New York Times, vol. 154, no. 53066, Dec. 2004

Kantrowitz, Melanie Kaye. “The Price of Heroism.” Women’s Review of Books, vol. 19, no. 10/11, 2002

Eprile, Tony. “Settling Scores.” New York Times Book Review, 28 Apr. 2002

Schwartz, Lynne Sharon. “The High Costs of Living.” New Leader, vol. 85, no. 1, 2002

Perkins, Christine. “Red Dust (Book Review).” Library Journal, vol. 126, no. 16, 2001

Bouwer, Karen. “Moving Forward, Looking Back.” Peace Review, vol. 13, no. 3, 2001

Willms, Dean. “Ties of Blood. (Book).” Library Journal, vol. 115, no. 7, 1990



Anthony, Andrew. “Gillian Slovo: ‘I Think the 2011 Riots Sparked Something in Me’.” The Guardian, 21 Feb. 2016

Christopher, Lissa. “Interview: Gillian Slovo.” The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 Dec. 2011

Rees, Jasper. “Interview: Novelist Gillian Slovo.” The Arts Deks, 28 Nov. 2011

“An Interview with Gillian Slovo.” 26, 25 Sep. 2011



Ward, Ian. “Terror, Testament, and Trial.” Terrorism and Literature, Herman and Houen (eds.), 2018

Paik, A.Naomi. “Storytelling and Truth-Telling: Testimonial Narratives in The Road to Guantánamo and Guantánamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom.” Guantánamo and American Empire: The Humanities Respond, Adams and Walicek (eds.), 2017

Dente, Carla. “Reality, Theatre and Human Rights.” Literature and Human Rights: The Law, the Language and the Limitations of Human Rights Discourse, Ward (ed.), 2015

Roy, Modhumita. “Is Not the Truth the Truth? Reconciling Truths in Gillian Slovo’s Every Secret Thing and the Practice of Reconciliation in South Africa.” Thinking and Practicing Reconciliation: Teaching and Learning through Literary Responses to Conflict, Riegert Jr. et al. (eds.), 2013

Mantoan, Lindsey. “Place and Misplaced Rights in Guantánamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom.” Imagining Human Rights in Twenty-First-Century Theater: Global Perspectives, Becker et al. (eds.), 2013

Davis, Geoffrey V. “‘Is Not the Truth the Truth?’: The Political and the Personal in the Writings of Gillian Slovo and Jann Turner.” Trauma, Memory, and Narrative in the Contemporary South African Novel, Borzaga and Mengel (eds.), 2012

Calder, Gillian. “Guantánamo: Using a Play-Reading to Teach Law.” Canadian Theatre Review, no. 142, 2010

Driver, Dorothy. "Gillian Slovo's Red Dust." Scrutiny2, vol. 12, no. 2, 2007

Lüdeke, Roger. The Politics of ‘Documentary Drama: Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom by Victoria Brittain and Gillian Slovo, 2007 

Horrell, Georgina. “A Whiter Shade of Pale: White Femininity as Guilty Masquerade in ‘New’ (White) South African Women’s Writing.” Journal of Southern African Studies, vol. 30, no. 4, 2004

Gornick, Vivian. “Comrades, Parents, Strangers.” Nation, vol. 264, no. 18, 1997

Nuttall, Sarah. “Popular Stories of Apartheid: Gillian Slovo’s South African Novels.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature, vol. 32, no. 1, 1997



Autobiography/Life Writing

Merhaba Sinem (2014)

Every Secret Thing: My Family, My Country (1997)



Ten Days (2016)

An Honourable Man (2012)

Black Orchids (2008)

Ice Road (2004)

Red Dusk (2000)

Close Call (1995)

Catnap (1994)

Façade (1993)

Looking for Thelma (1991)

The Betrayal (1991)

Ties of Blood (1989)

Death Comes Staccato (1987)

Death by Analysis (1986)

Morbid Symptoms (1984)



“The Riots” (2011)

“Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom” (2005)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

“Belonging Nowhere: An Impassioned Prose Poem to a Dead Father.” Times Literary Supplement, no. 6109, 2020

“Why We Need an Award for Writers Who Start Later in Life.” The Guardian, 3 Oct. 2018

“Nelson Mandela's Unpublished Prison Letters are Full of Life and Love.” The Guardian, 14 Jul. 2018

“Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years by Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa Review – an Impossible Act to Follow.” The Guardian, 22 Oct. 2017

Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge – Review.” The Guardian, 26 Sep. 2016

“My Hero: Nadine Gordimer.” The Guardian, 19 Jul. 2014

“PalFest: A Book Festival where Authors Listen.” The Guardian, 31 May 2013

Brief Loves That Live Forever by Andreï Makine – Review.” The Guardian, 19 Apr. 2013

Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison – Review.” The Guardian, 1 Jun. 2012

No Time Like the Present by Nadine Gordimer – Review.” The Guardian, 23 Mar. 2012

“In Mexico, Reporters are Hunted like Rabbits.” The Guardian, 3 Feb. 2012

“Gillian Slovo: the Courage of Roberto Saviano.” The Guardian, 14 Oct. 2011

The Road: Short Fiction and Essays by Vasily Grossman, Translated by Robert and Elizabeth Chandler – Review.” The Guardian, 27 Nov. 2010

“Women, Power and Politics: Script for a Revolution.” The Guardian, 8 Jun. 2010

“Nelson Mandela Came to Britain in 1996 as a Testimony to Courage: Jacob Zuma Was here to Inaugurate a Brand.” The Guardian, 16 May 2010

“South Africa Will Survive the Killing of a Neofascist – like in 1994.” The Guardian, 5 Apr. 2010


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Gillian Slovo Talks About her Novel Wild Orchids. YouTube, 28 Feb. 2018

Gillian Slovo Talks at La Grande Boissière Assemble. YouTube, Feb. 2018

Gillian Slovo on Nelson Mandela: ‘He Had Enormous Personal Dignity'. YouTube, 9 Dec. 2013

Gillian Slovo Reads Two Extracts from Every Secret Thing. YouTube, 5 Mar. 2013

Gillian Slovo: Introduction to Every Secret Thing. YouTube. 3 Feb. 2013

Gillian Slovo Talks About Thomas Stamford Raffles and General Gordon. YouTube, 19 May 2013

Gillian Slovo in Conversation with Ece Temelkuran. YouTube, 2 May 2013

Gillian Slovo Talks About ‘Memoir and Life Writing’. YouTube, 2 Sep. 2011

Gillian Slovo: 'Living in a Democracy Can Mean You Hear all Kinds of Things that Offend You'. YouTube, 6 Apr. 2011

Gillian Slovo Talks About Her Life and Her Novel Black Orchids. YouTube, 24 Jan. 2009

Gillian Slovo Talks About Her Parents’ Dedication to Their Cause. BBC Radio, 10 Aug. 1997