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Press Release: Because I Couldn’t Kill You

The much-anticipated debut memoir Because I Couldn’t Kill You by Coloured Mentality activist Kelly-Eve Koopman will hit the shelves nationwide on 7 August 2019.

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Kelly Koopman brilliantly interrogates the complex beauty and brutality of every day as she struggles with the legacies of trauma in the homes and bones of ‘ordinary South African families’.

She wades through the flotsam and jetsam of generations, among shipwrecks and sunken treasures in an attempt at familial and collective healing.

Sometimes tragic, sometimes hilarious, she faces up to herself as a brown, newly privileged ‘elder millennial’, caught between middle-class aspirations and social justice ideals. An artist, a daughter, a queer woman in love, she is in pursuit of healing, demanding justice while trying to lose that last five kilograms to the great disappointment of her feminist self.

‘Part memoir, part queer feminist anti-capitalist manifesto, Koopman has written a story for our times! Her elegant writing dazzles as it shines a light on the darkest crevices of broken families and psyches. It is a story of love lost and remade, in which the personal and political overlap with heartrending clarity. Koopman has a rare gift and is a talent to watch!’ – Barbara Boswell, author of Grace

Because I Couldn’t Kill You is published by award-winning MFBooks Joburg, an imprint of Jacana Media


Kelly-Eve Koopman is one of the co-creators of the hugely popular online platform Coloured Mentality, which engages in conversations about coloured identity in post-apartheid South Africa. Koopman is also a multi-disciplinary storyteller who dreams of a more just and equal South Africa.

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Mom to many, wife to SirNoid. Lover of water, walks in the shade and all things purple.

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