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Podcast: ZP Dala Talks About Her Debut Novel, What About Meera

What About MeeraZP Dala spoke to SAfm about her novel, What About Meera, recently.

What About Meera, Dala’s debut novel, is being widely praised. However, a dark cloud was cast over the book’s launch at the Time of the Writer Festival in Durban last week, as Dala was brutally attacked after professing admiration for Salman Rushdie.

Dala’s conversation with Nancy Richards took place before the tragic occurrence, and it is worth remembering that the book itself deserves attention independent of the attack on its author.

What About Meera was Richards’ “hero book” of the week. Dala, a psychologist by profession and qualified physiotherapist, has worked with autistic and special needs children and adults, as well as their families, in Dublin, Ireland as well as Durban, and says: “I have a very intimate knowledge of the journey of these people, which are not very very easy journeys.”

Dala also says it was very important to her that she told these stories “with respect”.

Listen to the conversation:

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