The tunnel had once been
a passage through the world;
now it was the world.

One evening in early autumn, ten people drive into a tunnel through the Cape mountains – and find themselves trapped.

As their limited supplies dwindle, what do they do? Where can they go? What will they find?

Tunnel burrows deep into the psychologies and coping strategies that connect and disconnect these protagonists in a dark, tense and compelling human drama.

An urgent new novel, told through many eyes; a journey – terrific and mystical – through despair, memory, and love.


Publication date: May 2023

ISBN: 978-0-6397-7485-5

“Nick Mulgrew is easily the best thing we’ve got.”
– Diane Awerbuck, Sunday Times

NICK MULGREW was born in Durban in 1990. He writes novels, short fiction and poetry.

Among his accolades are the 2016 Thomas Pringle Prize, the 2018 Nadine Gordimer Award, and a Mandela Rhodes Scholarship. His debut novel, A Hibiscus Coast, won the 2022 K. Sello Duiker Memorial Award.

Since 2014 he has directed uHlanga, an acclaimed poetry press. He currently lives in Scotland, where he studies at the University of Dundee.

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