Thanks to the two Commonwealth Prizes that she has won for Best Book for the Africa region, in 1994 for

The Rape of Sita

and in 2005 for


, Lindsey Collen has become the best known Mauritian English language writer. Collen’s first novel,

There is a Tide

, was published in 1990 and since then she has written six more novels, five in English and one in Kreol, and is a regular contributor to several left-wing journals such as

New Internationalist


Red Pepper


Collen was born in Mqanduli near Umtata, Transkei, South Africa in 1948. Her father, a magistrate and an expert in native law, was posted in several different places in the Eastern Cape. As a child, she was fluent in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa, as she spoke English with her parents, Afrikaans with the neighbours, and Xhosa with

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Citation: Hand, Felicity. "Lindsey Collen". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 August 2010 [, accessed 29 February 2024.]

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