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  • Published: 29 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9781405924054
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

Zoo City

A stunningly original urban fantasy of a shattered city where magic is horribly real

Zinzi December has a talent for finding lost people. Even when they don't want to be found. And when she is hired by reclusive music producer Odi Huron to find pop starlet Songweza, she hopes it will be her ticket out of Zoo City, the festering slum where the criminal underclass and their animal companions live in the shadow of hell's undertow.

Instead, it catapults Zinzi deeper into the maw of a city twisted by crime and magic, where she'll be forced to confront the dark secrets of former lives - including her own.

  • Published: 29 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9781405924054
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

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Praise for Zoo City

[Beukes] brings a secret tenderness and humanity to her off-kilter portrait of the here and now


Lauren Beukes is very, *very* good. It feels effortless. Utterly accomplished

William Gibson

A fabulous outing from an extremely promising writer ... [It] has so much fabulous wordplay, imaginative settings and scenarios, and such a dark and cynical heart that I was totally riveted by it

Cory Doctorow

Beukes's energetic noir phantasmagoria ... crackles with original ideas ... Beukes skilfully employs all the twists of first-rate noir ... powerful indeed

Jeff Vandermeer, <i>New York Times</i>

Beukes delivers a thrill ride that gleefully merges narrative styles and tropes, almost single-handedly pulling the "urban fantasy" subgenre back towards its groundbreaking roots

Publishers Weekly

Energetic and imaginative ... Packed with colour, dark humour and thought-provoking ideas, Zoo City is an absolute must for anyone with a taste for the wilder edges of the genre

SFX Magazine

Original and unputdownable


An unpredictable and helluva awesome read


Lauren Beukes is Jeff Noon crossed with Raymond Chandler. I loved it, it's going to be huge

Paul Cornell

I couldn't put this down. It's weird, thrilling, funny... filled with sleazy characters and lots of bad attitude

Mike Nicol

An unfamiliar land full of familiars, a broken Johannesburg peopled with damaged wonders... If our words are bullets, Lauren Beukes is a marksman in a world of drunken machine-gunners

Bill Willingham

Zoo City is pure originality ... a book that had me reading it revelling in Beukes' magical way with words

SF Signal

At times the witty and lyrical prose is sheer magic, the story captivating and the characters exotic, cruel and beautiful while the backdrop of Johannesburg seethes with hidden, lurking dangers around every corner, Zoo City is quite simply captivating

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