My novels: Salt and Honey and Kalahari Passage
These are parts one and two respectively, of the Koba saga. Here is an African adventure story about a young girl uprooted from her Kalahari desert home after the murder of her parents by a party of white hunters.
It features the Ju|'hoan click-language and is as ethnologically accurate as I could make it.
The well-known novelist, Christopher Hope said: 'Candi Miller has given voice to a people hunted and harried to near-extinction'. For me this statement vindicates a choice some might see as controversial in this day and age, that is, writing as other.
"...a finely drawn portrait of a
disappearing world." CHLOE CAMPBELL, Times Literary Supplement. December, 2011.
Kalahari Passage is the story of young love across the racial divide in the high Apartheid era of South Africa, the 1960s: Koba is a young San woman - of the Kalahari bushmen people - and Mannie is a young Afrikaner. READ MORE...
"I studied a San tribe in an anthropology class as a teenager, so I knew a little about the culture and beliefs. However, I'd never considered their place in the apartheid system and entering this world through fiction was, in a way, more rewarding for me. The desert, its plants and animals, the stars and sky, was made alive to me in a way that a text book alone just can't do. So I'm planning on sending a copy to my old anthropology teacher. And I'm planning to give a copy to my sister (she's planning her honeymoon to South Africa and Namibia at the moment). In fact, I think I'll be recommending this book to all of the readers in my life! READ MORE...
"Kalahari Passage is tracker tale in the great tradition of African adventure hunts; with a twist -- hunted and hunter are humans."
RACHEL HOLMES, author of THE HOTTENTOT VENUS.
"I fell in love with Koba, and the more I read the quicker I turned the pages."
AMANDA SMYTH, author of BLACK ROCK.
'Beautiful and gripping.' READ MORE... JANE HOUSMAN, The Guardian.
'Salt and Honey ... it's a book to have and to hold and to savour.
Despite the fact I have some cracking good reads on the go at the moment, Salt and Honey flatly refused to be interrupted and so I read it straight off over several sittings. Each time I put it down I was desperate to get back to it.' READ MORE...
dovegreyreader, 19 June 2007.
'Congratulations also to Candi Miller for hitting the shortlist (World Book Day, Books to Talk
About, 2008) with Salt & Honey. I read this very recently and I just can't get it out of my mind. An absolutely stunning novel - the culmination of years of research, transformed by Miller's love for Southern Africa and her burning, poetic imagination - I'm thrilled that it's going to receive the exposure it deserves as a result of Books To Talk About.' READ MORE...
Musings from a Muddy Island, February 2008.
Buy Salt and Honey and Kalahari Passage online here