‘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


Writing sample

Listen to recordings of two of her stories below:

Thoughts of a soldier

Courage the mouse