Joy Martin

Joy's first seven novels were published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, HarperCollins and Headline. She initially trained as a journalist and worked on a local paper and, subsequently, as a reporter in Dublin, Johannesburg and for BBC Home News and World Service. While working in Johannesburg, she wrote Twelve Shades of Black, a series of interviews with men and women living in the rundown townships outside Johannesburg. The book incurred the wrath of pro-apartheid whites, but won a runner-up prize in the South African Literary Awards. A second book, Myth and Magic, explored the correlation between the sculpture and religious beliefs of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. Joy has also published a number of novels now available on Amazon.