Neil Sonnekus is a playwright, award-winning filmmaker and critic. His play, Habitual, was performed at the Market Theatre and he won a platinum award for adapting Booker Prize-nominated author Christopher Hope’s fine comic novella Black Swan at the Houston International Film Festival in 2003. His short film, Down Under, a thriller, won silver that year. Sonnekus worked as a film critic at the Mail & Guardian and Sunday Times Magazine from 2001–2009. He has made two more shorts and is currently developing a feature film. Son is his first novel and there are two more in the pipeline.