Devilskein and Dearlove

Alex Smith

Arachne Press

B format Paperback


ISBN: 9781909208155


Publication date: 24 July 2014



NOMINATED FOR THE CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2015 Young Erin Dearlove has lost everything in a violent attack on her family. She now lives with her bohemian aunt Kate in a run-down Cape Town apartment block. Locked into a fantasy of her previous life, she shuns all overtures of friendship from her new neighbours, until she meets Mr Devilskein, the demon who lives on the top floor… and opens a door into another world. Alex says “As a child The Secret Garden was one of my first favourite novels – one of the first I relished reading by myself. Although Devilskein & Dearlove is very different, it was inspired by that novel and its themes.”

Alex Smith

Alex Smith  is the author of our first Young Adult novel, Devilskein & Dearlove. She lives in Cape Town with her partner, their book-eating baby boy and their two dogs. She has had four novels published in South Africa (Random House/Umuzi Imprint who published the SA edition of Devilskein & Dearlove). Alex won Silver in the Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature for Agency Blue in 2009, the Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award for Four Drunk Beauties in 2011 and was short-listed for the Rolex Mentor & Protege Arts Initiative, the SA PEN Literary Award and for the  2010 Caine Prize.