Angela-MakholwaANGELA MAKHOLWA is a South African author who was born in Johannesburg. The first black writer to write crime fiction in South Africa, Makholwa released her first novel, Red Ink in 2007, a crime thriller set in gritty modern day Johannesburg. 

Loosely based on Makholwa’s encounters with a convicted serial killer, Red Ink was long listed for the Sunday Times Literary Awards and received both critical and popular acclaim. 

In 2009, Makholwa published her second novel, 30th Candle, which focuses on the escapades and sexual misadventures of modern women as they search for happiness and hope for love in Johannesburg. The book was shortlisted for the Booksellers’ Award due to its popularity. 

Makholwa’s latest title, Black Widow Society, is inspired by the natural phenomenon where a female latrodectus spider bites off its partner’s head after the mating ritual. The book is a crime thriller, which delves on the workings of a secret society of wealthy women who conspire to kill their emotionally and physically abusive husbands with the aid of a meticulous and highly skilled hitman. 

Makholwa lives and works in Johannesburg and is married with two children. Not only an author, Makholwa runs a public relations and events management agency called Britespark Communications, which opened in 2002. 

Makholwa’s favourite words are “The End”, even though they often signify the beginning. 



Red Ink, Pan Macmillan, 2007

30th Candle, Pan Macmillan, 2009

Black Widow Society, Pan Macmillan, 2013