The Fifth Mrs Brink

Karina M. Szczurek’s soul-baring memoir of her life before, with and after her marriage to André P. Brink details a year of widowhood and a love to last a lifetime. This is the book which shows decisively that Karina is a writer in her own right, still coming in to her full creative powers, and simultaneously silences any gossips who might still have disbelieved Karina and André Brink’s love for one another.

A homage to a marriage cut tragically short by Brink’s death, in 2015 at 79 years old, and a diary of creative dissolution and knitting back together, The Fifth Mrs Brink combines enough literary skinner, salacious detail and moving romantic description of dealing with the death of a loved one to satisfy fans of her and her husband, both old and new.

How The Fifth Mrs Brink found a home at Jonathan Ball Publishers: “Stories with strawberry jam and clotted cream”

Woordfees 2017: “The Life and Times of the Final Mrs Brink”, interview with Ingrid Winterbach

CapeTalk interview with Sara-Jayne King, author of Killing Karoline: “Book Club

Radio2Day interview with host Sue Grant-Marshall: “Reading Matters

Classic FM interview with Tamara LePine-Williams: “Classic Lifestyle

702 The Eusebius McKaiser Show, with Andrea van Wyk: “Literature Corner

LitNet The Fifth Mrs Brink: An interview with Karina Szczurek by Naomi Meyer

More than a memoir, it is a study of grief: Michele Magwood talks to Karina Szczurek about her book The Fifth Mrs Brink

LindaReads: In conversation with Linda Kaoma

Review of The Fifth Mrs Brink by Izak de Vries: LitNet

The Fifth Mrs Brink – Interview by Lore Watterson: Creative Feel

Launch / event dates:

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Tuesday, 8 August, 6.30pm: Launch of The Fifth Mrs Brink at Kalk Bay Books. I will be in conversation with Ann Donald.

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Thursday, 17 August, 6pm: Launch of The Fifth Mrs Brink at Exclusive Books Brooklyn Mall. I will be in conversation with Efemia Chela.

Brooklyn Mall

Saturday, 19 August, Lowveld Book Festival: 15h00 – 15h45 | The Barnyard at Casterbridge | R50 | Book Now
Love, Loss and Literature: The fifth Mrs Brink, Karina M .Szczurek, in conversation with Arthur Sithole. The Fifth Mrs Brink tells the story of Karina M. Szczurek’s life before, during and after her marriage to André P. Brink. Polish-born Karina was twenty-seven when she met the acclaimed writer 40 years her senior, and they spent a decade together. Here she chronicles their relationship and finally facing the challenges of André’s deteriorating health in the last year of his life.

Wednesday, 30 August, Worcester:

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6-10 September 2017: Open Book Festival

17 September 2017: Polish Association of Cape Town

26 September: Breytenbach Centre, Wellington, with Karin Schimke

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30 September: ARTICULATE AFRICA ART & Book Fair at the Essence Festival in Durban


Saturday, 28 October, 9-9:45AM: I will be talking about The Fifth Mrs Brink at BookBedonnerd in the booktown of Richmond in the Karoo.