I was born in Boksburg and grew up in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. I attended the University of Cape Town where I did a BA and edited the University newspaper Varsity. I worked as a journalist for fifteen years and was the political correspondent at the Sunday Times of South Africa covering the constitutional negotiations and first democratic elections. After completing my MBA at Wits University in 1999, I was a project manager for a few years before quitting corporate life to write books. I live in the Western Cape and like dogs, trees and junk shops.
I have written nine Young Adult novels: The Summer of Toffie and Grummer which was shortlisted for the English Academy’s 2010 Percy FitzPatrick prize for Youth Literature (Oxford University Press, February 2008); Cornelia Button and the Globe of Gamagion (Jacana, April 2008); The Club (Jonathan Ball Publishers, September 2008); Pops and The Nearly Dead (Penguin, March 2010); Melly, Mrs Ho and Me (Penguin, September 2010); Melly, Fatty and Me, which was awarded the English Academy’s 2012 Percy FitzPatrick Prize for Youth Literature (Penguin, September 2011); The Mark, which was awarded the English Academy’s 2016 Percy FitzPatrick Prize for Youth Literature (Tafelberg, September 2014); Snitch, which won the 2017 M.E.R Prize for best Afrikaans or English youth novel (Tafelberg, May 2016) and Snitch2: A Year of Relative Madness (Tafelberg, May 2018).