The Life of Worm & Other Misconceptions by Ken Barris
08 May 2017
A collection of new and critically acclaimed stories by award-winning South African author Ken Barris. Here, Barris’s work combines everyday events with the surreal and fantastical: the title story centres on a dog called Worm; in another, husband and wife quarrel over a plugless lamp; and in another, a man encounters a speaking baboon in his kitchen. Poised, lyrical and humorous, the stories in this collection concretise the human condition via the author’s characteristically unfettered style.
About the author
Ken Barris has won various literary awards, including the M-Net Book Prize, the Ingrid Jonker Prize, the Thomas Pringle and the Vita Award. He has been short-listed for the Commonwealth Prize for Best Book in Africa, and twice for the Caine Prize for African Writing.
Barris won the 2013 UJ Prize for his fifth novel, Life Underwater.
His previous novel, What Kind of Child, was published by Kwela Books in 2006. Barris lives in Cape Town, works at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, has three children, and too little time for writing.