The Eye of the Beholder is the new novel by UEA alumna Margie Orford and is published by Canongate this week. Margie received her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA in 2020. Margie was born in London, raised in Namibia and educated in South Africa, where she was detained during the 1985 State of Emergency while a student at the University of Cape Town, taking her final examinations in prison. An award-winning journalist, she was a writer-in-residence at the University of York in 2015, a judge in 2019 for the AKO Caine Prize for African Literature, the patron of Rape Crisis in South Africa, president of PEN South Africa, and a member of the executive board of PEN International. She has previously published five crime-thrillers: Like Clockwork (2006), Blood Rose (2006), Gallows Hill (2009), Daddy’s Girl (2011), and Water Music (2013).