Six Fang Marks & a Tetanus Shot
Winner of the 2007 UJ Prize for Best First Book
"One of the best debuts we've read in ages." (GQ Magazine)
A newshound sets out from Amsterdam to South Africa to piece together the fragmented history of Ace and Rem, two brothers from South Africa. Their bizarre and disturbing scrapbook recounts a suspenseful tale of trauma and heartbreak that crosses two continents and leaves a trail of shattered lives in its wake. Six Fang Marks and a Tetanus Shot is a superb, multi-layered novel that investigates the eviscerating effect that intense trauma can have on a young boy's mind.
"It is funny and sad and beautiful, and will stay with you long after you have finished." (The Mercury)
"He brings his fascinating novel to an abrupt end. However, the imagery he spins throughout the book should leave readers completely satisfied." (Business Day Weekender)
"Despite the razor-sharp gallows humour, which regularly had me grinning, De Nooy takes on the topic of trauma with great skill, deftly describing how intense trauma experienced in childhood can scar you for life." (Die Burger)