Lauren Beukes is the author of the science-fiction thrillers Zoo City (2011), which won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, as well as Moxyland (2008) and The Shining Girls (2013). Her non-fiction book, Maverick: Extraordinary Women from South-African Past (2006), was nominated for the Alan Paton award. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
“Oh, but fine isn't everything!' Rachel exclaims and grabs her hands and pulls her into a stepping foxtrot over the paintings, twirling her round. 'Fine is the very definition of mediocrity. It's what's polite. It's what's socially acceptable. We need to live brighter and deeper than just fine, my darling!”