Deon Meyer is a full-time author of thrillers set in South Africa.
A former journalist, advertising copywriter, internet manager and brand strategist, Deon has published nine novels and two short story collections in Afrikaans, and has written two TV series, and screenplays for the movies Jakhalsdans, Die Laaste Tango and Die Ballade van Robbie de Wee. His books have been translated into 27 languages world-wide.
Accolades include Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policière (2003) and Le prix Mystère de la critique (2004) from France, the Deutsche Krimi Preis (2006, 2009), the Swedish Martin Beck Award (2010), the ATKV Prose Prize (2000, 2003, and 2004), the ATKV Suspense Fiction Prize (2008, 2009), the M-Net Award for Most Filmic Novel (2009), and the Barry Award for Best Thriller in the USA (2010).
Deon was born in Paarl in 1958 and matriculated in Klerksdorp in 1976. He studied at the Universities of Northwest, Free State and Stellenbosch, and holds a Masters’ Degree in Creative Writing.
He lives near Cape Town, and is passionate about South Africa, Mozart, motorcycles, cooking, and Free State Cheetahs and Springbok rugby.