Kopano Matlwa stole South Africa’s heart with her debut novel Coconut. With more than 25 000 copies sold, this award-winning title cemented her position as one of South Africa’s bestselling authors. With her follow-up novel, Spilt Milk, Kopano continued to amaze us with her ability to intimately address complex political issues through relatable characters. This year, she brings us her best novel yet, Period Pain – a compelling story about how the broken continue to survive.


In Period Pain she has poignantly captured the heartache and confusion of so many South Africans who feel defeated by the litany of headline horrors of xenophobia, corrective rape, corruption, crime and the public health nightmare. Through this story we .are able to reflect, question and rediscover our humanity.

Kopano signed with international agents Pontas Literary & Film Agency in October 2016 and since the Frankfurt Book Fair, Italian rights have been sold to Beatrice Masini at Bompiani, who said that Kopano has ‘an honest, heart-warming, original voice’. Francine Toon from Sceptre/Hodder & Stoughton has bought world English rights (excluding South Africa). Francine said of Period Pain: ‘It is so beautifully written in a style that feels refreshingly modern, with a deft balance of painful urgency and humour.’ Sceptre will be publishing Period Pain under a new name, Evening Primrose

Kopano Matlwa is one of South Africa’s most vibrant young writers and winner of the European Union Literary Award in 2007. A medical graduate, Kopano is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Coconut and Spilt Milk, which won the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in 2010. She has recently returned to South Africa after completing an MSc in Global Health Science and is currently reading for a DPhil in Population Health at the University of Oxford.