Laure Van Rensburg is a French writer living in the UK and an Ink Academy alumna. Her stories have appeared in online magazines and anthologies such as Litro Magazine, Storgy Magazine, The Real Jazz Baby (2020 Best Anthology, Saboteur Awards 2020), and FIVE:2:ONE. She has also placed in competitions including 2018 & 2019 Bath Short Story Award.
Her debut novel, Nobody But Us, follows Ellie and Steven who take their first trip away together, but what starts as an idyllic weekend soon takes a darker turn, as it quickly becomes apparent that each of them harbour secrets – and that one of those secrets is deadly.
Nobody But Us (originally titled The Downfall) was shortlisted for the 2019 First Novel Prize, 2019 Novel London Competition and 2019 Flash 500 Novel Opening. It will be published by Michael Joseph in April 2022 and has sold in fourteen territories, including Germany, Italy, Norway and the United States.
Laure’s current work in progress, Eden Lost, was longlisted in 2019 Exeter Novel Prize and more recently shortlisted in the 2020 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize.
Laure Van Rensburg recommends
The Short Straw (2023)
"Dark and twisty, The Short Straw is a slow burn thriller that will prey on your most primal fears."
I Did It For You (2023)
"A heart-breaking crime story about the need to make sense of the senseless acts of violence that rip your life apart and how you can't choose who you love... Amy Engel is the queen of the small-town mystery."
"A dark and sophisticated gothic novel of the governess tale with a twist. Marta is the anti-heroine you won't help rooting for."
All Good People Here (2022)
"A perfectly plotted crime novel about the devastating effects of small town secrets and keeping up appearances."
Theatre of Marvels (2022)
"Loved Lianne Dillsworth's Theatre of Marvels. A gripping story about identity and belonging with a strong sense of place. Can't wait for everybody to meet Zillah who is such strong and nuanced heroine."
The Anomaly (2021)
Hervé Le Tellier
"Exhilarating, thought-provoking, funny, and devastating. The Anomaly is unlike anything else I've read this year."
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