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The Big Stick – Links, Reviews & Interviews

The Big Stick is now available in South African bookstores. This page gives an overview of links to useful information, reviews and interviews.

Readers outside South Africa can order The Big Stick via the Jacana Media website or by sending a message to lanore@jacana.co.za.

You can read an excerpt from The Big Stick here.

LAUNCHES ————————–

Johannesburg – A report on the launch of The Big Stick at Love Books in Melville, where I was interviewed by Ndumiso Ngcobo.

Cape Town – A report on the launch of The Big Stick at the Book Lounge in Cape Town, where I was interviewed by Lauren Beukes.

REVIEWS ————————–

A selection of excerpts from reviews that appeared in the South African and Dutch media. You will find the latest at the top of the list.

[Newest]
“Hy beskryf Staal se ervaringe met eerlikheid en ontlok meegevoel vir sy hoofkarakters, maar sy vertolking van rassisme en homofobie raak plek-plek aan moralisasie; die buitelandse stereotipering van die meerderheid Afrikaners as agterlik en ultrakonserwatief raak nou wragtiewaar afgesaag.” More… (Emsie Viljoen in Sarie)

[Newer]
“Disturbing and inspiring stuff” More… (Bruce Dennill in The Citizen)

[Newish]
“Seamless balance of sensitivity and humour” More…
(Tarah Childes in Business Day Wanted Mag)

[New]
“Sparkling, absorbing and direct prose, characters that display a range of emotion and an engaging narrative technique make The Big Stick a compelling read.” More… (Maya Fowler on Itch)

“In terms of style, De Nooy speaks softly but carries the titular. His trademark is the juxtaposition of vulgarity and lyricism, the entertaining fusion of African and European sensibilities. This idiosyncrasy – the literary flasher in the raincoat – is what makes him such an exciting writer.” More… (Diane Awerbuck on SLiPNET and The Daily Maverick)

“The thing about The Big Stick is that it actually is very funny whilst dealing with some really heavy issues. There are some really side-splitting parts. The Herman Charles Bosman parody especially comes to mind. But it is also a very poignant story of self-discovery for both mother and son.” More… (Review in Out Africa)

“It was good to read a work of fiction that was as funny as it was poignant. [...] Highly recommended.” More… (Evan Tsouroulis in Exit Magazine)

“If there is anything I’d like readers to take from this book, it’s a sense of being open, of being prepared to undertake that journey.” More… (Inter-review in The TIMES with Jackie May)

“De Nooy, in my circles, would be branded homophobic. I still don’t know if he treats the subjects of homosexuality with respect. All I know is that he writes well and got me reading even when Alma was tracing Staal’s steps in the seedy world of flesh on flesh male sex where gay porn was the staple.” More… (Don Makatile on Africa Book Club)

“The Big Stick certainly is compact, but its characters ring true and its darkly humorous approach undercuts what could have become a barrage of overwhelmingly depressing scenes of the underbelly of the city. It manages to encompass a number of overarching and important ideas about difference and acceptance without being flippant or obvious – an achievement for any writer.” More… (Inter-review with Tymon Smith on TimesLIVE)

“The Big Stick is as irreverent, cheeky and compulsively readable as a novel about estrangement, exile, isolation and loss can be. De Nooy’s study of queer power relations, embodied experiences and male intimacy is sensitive, filled to the brim with an exuberance of voice, and boasts a mesmerising confidence in the feel for dialogue and relationships.” More… (Jonathan Amid on LitNet)

“De Nooy is an unashamed rule breaker. There are stereotypes, multiple viewpoints, a mix of interviews, narratives and personal reminiscences, but every broken rule enhances and entertains.” More… (Isabella Morris in the Sunday Independent)

“Like a bon-bon layered from dark, bitter chocolate and sweetly nutty bits, the interwoven tales of Staal — the moffie with “the big stick” who was exiled from Zeerust to the gay heaven of the Netherlands in the eighties — will have you devouring the pages like so many Ferrero Rochers.” More… (Alwyn Viljoen in The Witness)

“The story brims over with laughter. Two homoerotic donkeys star in a Herman Charles Bosman-esque short story, and Alma and son’s grammar (“I beg yours?”) is rendered with exquisite tenderness.” More… (Ruth Browne in The Cape Times)

“It’s heeee-fucking-larious and right up my alley. I loved it. It’s dark and funny.” More… (Paige Nick on her blog.)

“De Nooy is the type of writer who can convey more feeling in a tweet (#walk) than other writers could in an entire chapter. If you were fortunate enough to have read De Nooy’s debut – Six Fang Marks and a Tetanus Shot – you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about. If not, shame. The good news is that there’s a follow up book and it doesn’t disappoint.” More… (Dylan Muhlenberg in Men’s Health)

“De Nooy has an ear for dialogue which not only renders the text almost audible, but pumps his crystal clear, acutely and empathetically observed characters full of humanity. He builds tension subtly and constucts his story with tender care. I found the novel so moving, so humane and so compulsive that I could not settle to any other novel.” More in English…
(Karin Schimke in the Cape Times and on Books LIVE)

“De Nooy’s debut is beautiful, as is his second book, The Big Stick. His style is raw and macho, as well as – almost – hypersensitive.”
(Ivo Weyel in Esquire)

“The Big Stick is a book that leaves you with a feeling of gratitude, moved, uplifted, and jealous that there are so few books of this standard about lesbians.” More in Dutch…
(Connie van Gils op ILHIA.nl)

“De Nooy is a brilliant storyteller, who blends humour and tragedy in a heart-wrenching manner. […] The story is compelling and moving, skilfully composed and poignantly rendered.”
More in Dutch…
(Cees van der Pluijm (NBD/Biblion) op bol.com)

“De Nooy brilliantly evokes two worlds: the harsh reality of South Africa and the ‘gay is beautiful’ mentality of 1980s Amsterdam, which proves to be equally fraught with violence. Staal is lost between these two worlds – and drowns.”
More in Dutch…
(Toef Jaeger in NRC Handelsblad)

“What De Nooy expresses most beautifully, is that people hide behind their prejudices. His novel is populated by a truly diverse cast of characters: from a police detective and an airline steward to gay hairdressers and a coke dealer. They all find their way into the reader’s heart.”
More in Dutch…
(Marjolein Paalvast op LiterairNederland.nl)

“Overwhelming, impressive, refreshing, surprising.”
More in Dutch…
(Pimm van Hest in Gay Krant)

“The Big Stick is one of those novels you can’t put down once you’ve started: compelling, moving, to be read in a single sitting. The portrait of 1980s Amsterdam takes you on a nostalgic trip back to those days, and the author sketches the pink couleur locale with great refinement, replete with acerbic gay wit, nicknames and juicy wordplay.”
More in Dutch…
(Kristiaan Schimmel op gay.blog.nl)

“De Nooy’s style is raw and rock-hard, as well as poetic and at times hilarious.”
More in Dutch…
(Sonja de Jong in various regional newspapers)

INTERVIEWS ————————–

Interview by Coen Peppelenbos in Tzum literary magazine (Dutch)

Interview by Annemarié van Niekerk on Litnet (Afrikaans)

Inter-review by Janet van Eeden on Litnet (English)

 

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    January 3rd, 2012 @15:45 #
     
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    Updated on 3 January, with a great review by Dylan Muhlenberg in Men's Health.

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
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    January 7th, 2012 @01:26 #
     
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    Updated on 6 January, with a lovely review from fellow author Paige Nick.

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
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    February 2nd, 2012 @18:38 #
     
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    Updated on 2 February - New reviews in The Cape Times, The Witness and The Sunday Independent.

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
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    February 2nd, 2012 @23:22 #
     
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    And updated again with a review by Jonathan Amid on LitNet.

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
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    February 5th, 2012 @13:27 #
     
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    Updated with inter-review by Tymon Smith on TimesLIVE.

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
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    February 15th, 2012 @15:33 #
     
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    Updated with a review by Don Makatile on Africa Book Club.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    February 15th, 2012 @17:04 #
     
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    Crikey, you keep pulling in those carrots... or should that be "pulling out"? Mazel tov, dear R.

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    February 16th, 2012 @00:46 #
     
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    I certainly cannot complain, Helen. And I suspect sales are keeping pace at one sale per carrot.

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    February 17th, 2012 @17:29 #
     
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    Jonathan Amid's incisive review now also in the Free State Times: http://fstimes.co.za/?p=2944

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    March 5th, 2012 @09:37 #
     
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    "If there is anything I'd like readers to take from this book, it's a sense of being open, of being prepared to undertake that journey."

    Updated on 5 March with inter-review by Jackie May in The TIMES.

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    March 7th, 2012 @11:57 #
     
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    "It was good to read a work of fiction that was as funny as it was poignant. [...] Highly recommended."

    Updated on 7 March with a review by Evan Tsouroulis in Exit Magazine.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    March 7th, 2012 @22:43 #
     
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    I count 19 carrots. Is that some kind of Bookslive record, I wonder?

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    March 7th, 2012 @23:22 #
     
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    Perhaps only for those who bunch their carrots.

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    March 7th, 2012 @23:23 #
     
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    Ah, the first eight are translated excerpts from Dutch reviews. You can rest easy, John vd Ruit.

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    March 8th, 2012 @07:49 #
     
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    Yanno, Helen, I think you might be right. Pretty funny for a book called The Big Stick!

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    March 8th, 2012 @11:50 #
     
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    And counting... Updated today with a review in Out Africa magazine.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    March 9th, 2012 @16:46 #
     
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    Ben-E, I think a prize of some kind might be in order. A carrot juicer?

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    March 9th, 2012 @17:29 #
     
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    :D

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
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    March 9th, 2012 @19:43 #
     
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    Reviews are very much their own reward, whether they be liquidized or not.

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    April 9th, 2012 @11:15 #
     
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    Diane Awerbuck's wonderful comprehensive and incisive review of The Big Stick on SLiPNET: “In terms of style, De Nooy speaks softly but carries the titular. His trademark is the juxtaposition of vulgarity and lyricism, the entertaining fusion of African and European sensibilities. This idiosyncrasy – the literary flasher in the raincoat – is what makes him such an exciting writer.”

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    Richard de Nooy
    May 7th, 2012 @14:11 #
     
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    Updated with Maya Fowler's review on Itch: "Sparkling, absorbing and direct prose, characters that display a range of emotion and an engaging narrative technique make The Big Stick a compelling read."

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    July 10th, 2012 @14:26 #
     
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    New review by Tarah Childes in Business Day.

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    August 9th, 2012 @10:19 #
     
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    "Disturbing and inspiring stuff" - Bruce Dennill on The Big Stick in The Citizen

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    Richard de Nooy
    July 5th, 2013 @09:48 #
     
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    Bespreking deur Emsie Viljoen in Sarie.

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