Books by Barbara Adair


Barbara Adair is a South African novelist and sometime travel-writer. She teaches human rights law and global democracy at the University of the Witwatersrand. She lives in the city of Johannesburg and rural Limpopo, urban and rural lifestyles influence.


Her first novel lIn Tangier we Killed the Blue Parrot  was shorlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Award in 2004. Her second novel, End (Jacana, 2009) was shortlisted for the African Regional Commonwealth Prize. 

Barbara has also published many articles in such publications as: Sunday Independent (South Africa), Sunday Times (South Africa), Weekender (South Africa), Horizon (British Airways), Selamtra (Ethiopian Airways), New Contrast Literary Journal (South Africa), From the Great Wall to the Grand Canyon (US publication), and Sensitive Skin Magazine (NYC).


Rights available for:




South African Labour Bulletin

The Industrial Law Journal



The Sunday Independent, The Sunday Times, Selamtra Magazine (Ethiopian Airways), Horizon Magazine (British Airways), New Contrast, Gay and Lesbian Stories (SA), Sensitive Skin Magasine



In Tangier We Killed the Blue Parrot  

Jacana Publishers, Johannesburg, June 2004

Short listed for the Sunday Times Fiction Award (2005)


Jacana Publishers, Johannesburg, October 2007

Short listed for the African region Commonwealth Award (2008)

Queer Africa – New and Collected Fiction

Ma Thoko Books, July 2013

Winner of the LAMBDA award (USA) for short sorie