Elleke Boehmer was born in Durban and lives in Oxford. She is the author of five novels including Screens against the Sky (shortlisted for the David Higham Prize), Bloodlines (shortlisted for the Sanlam Prize), Nile Baby, and The Shouting in the Dark (winner of the Olive Schreiner Award for Prose and longlisted for the Sunday Times prize).
She is also Professor of World Literature in English at the University of Oxford, and a founding figure in the field of postcolonial literature. Her edition of Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys was a bestseller, and her acclaimed biography of Nelson Mandela has been translated into several languages. She has published several other books including Stories of Women, the anthology Empire Writing, Postcolonial Poetics, and Indian Arrivals: Networks of British Empire which won the biennial ESSE 2015-16 Prize. In 2019 Elleke was elected Fellow by the Royal Society of Literature.
To The Volcano, and other stories is her second collection of short stories, following Sharmilla, And Other Portraits.