Justin Cartwright

Literary Birthday – 20 May – Justin Cartwright

Justin Cartwright was born 20 May 1943 and died 3 December 2018.


  1. This is the strange thing about South Africa – for all its corruption and crime, it seems to offer a stimulating sense that anything is possible.
  2. I’m not an especially male novelist, but I think men are better at writing about men, and the same is true for women. Reading Saul Bellow is a revelation, but he can’t write women. There are exceptions, like Marilynne Robinson‘s Gilead, but generally, I think it’s true.
  3. You can’t believe anything that’s written in an historical novel, and yet the author’s job is always to create a believable world that readers can enter. It’s especially so, I think, for writers of historical fiction.
  4. Consciousness – that, to me, is the theme of the modern novel.
  5. A good novel is something that challenges perception, that allows you to see the world anew through a different point of view.

Justin Cartwright was a British novelist, originally from South Africa. He was the author of thirteen novels, which blended adventure and satire. They include Up Against the Night and The Promise of Happiness. Cartwright was appointed an MBE.

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 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 20th May 2019