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Cornelia Fick is a writer who is mastering the art of observation to give us stories that throw open the lives of the hidden, the down-trodden and the lesser people.

Christian Sia for Readers’ Favorite:

Eye of a Needle: And Other Stories by Cornelia Fick is a gorgeous
collection of short and long stories, each suffused with unique
literary elements to entertain readers. The author captures the
reality of South Africa in vivid detail, in a voice that is clear and
absorbing. In “The Beggar,” the reader meets the “homeless writer”
and the circumstances that led him to miss his big dreams and set
up a home under the br5star-flat-hridge. “Opposites Attract” features great

storytelling skills. There are stories of varying lengths, each looking
at a fragment of life through the narrator’s eyes, and at times the
reader can feel the indictment of the powers that be for the poverty
and injustice, or a celebration of love.
This collection features an exciting and delightful blend of flash
fiction and longer stories. The shorter ones are tightly written, and
the reader feels teased and wanting more once they complete
reading each story. The writing itself has many elements of
seduction woven into its fabric. The longer stories feature
compelling characters, great plots, and well-developed themes.
Some of the themes — love, social issues, poverty — are recurrent
in several stories. The characters that animate the plot lines are
well-imagined, most of them are plucked from ordinary life, and are
well-sculpted. What was most fascinating for me was the beautiful
and elegant writing. It is clean and polished, laden with vivid and
beautiful descriptions. Eye of a Needle: And Other Stories is a
gorgeous treat for fans of flash fiction and the short story, and
Cornelia Fick comes across as a mistress of the genre.

Press release

‘A truly beautiful collection that deserves its place
on any literary-lover’s bookshelf.’
Tina Williams, Editorial Suite


Title: Eye of a Needle and Other Stories

Author: Cornelia Fick
ISBN: 9-780620-723190
Recommended: Retail Price: R230
Genre: Anthology/short stories
Format: Trade Paperback
Book Size: 235x155mm
Page Extent: 184pp
Also available as an ebook

A great read for lovers of literary and experimental fiction. This debut collection was written with a compassionate eye for the fragile positions of women, the dispossessed and the poor. While experimenting with different styles and forms of storytelling, Cornelia Fick displays an acute insight into the mysteries of human nature. This collection of forty stories varies widely, from a one-line story to a short novella.
Told in the first, second and third person the stories in the collection are designed to take the reader on a journey. The stories themselves are thought provoking and often set in Apartheid South Africa. Fick writes with wit, insight and humour.

About the Author
Cornelia Smith Fick (Connie Fick), also known as Colleen Lynn, is a South African writer. She recently completed the MA in Creative Writing at Rhodes University. A nurse by profession, she worked for a number of years as the editor of a primary health care magazine, and as a freelance writer for Takalani Sesame (radio and TV). Her poems and short stories are published in local and international literary magazines and anthologies; Itch, Botsotso, Soho Square V, Bloomsbury, Experimental Writing Volume 1, Africa VS Latin America, and Atlanta Review. She lives in Johannesburg with her family and two dogs.

Cornelia Fick is available for interviews in Johannesburg. To schedule an interview and to request a review copy please email

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