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KIM STEPHENS is a Cape Town-based writer, mother and runner, with a penchant for political satire and the pursuit of truth. 

Her dream of following a proud family history at Rhodes University was cut short in 1997, with the arrival of her baby daughter. 

Navigating motherhood from the age of 18, Kim shelved her inner journo and embraced a life of media sales and sports marketing, working with some of the biggest sports brands globally, and locally, whilst pursuing her own ultra-running ambitions on both trail and tar. 

Arguing vehemently against the possibility that she was running from her own truth, Covid-19 wiped out her possibilities for continued escape. 

After three children, two divorces and a gradual sexual awakening, Kim found herself at 40-something, virtually unemployed, in lockdown, with all the time in the world to write, sip gin and study a general response to one of the world’s most draconian lockdowns. 

Her humorous observations of middle-class South African behaviour, through the various levels of lockdown, earned her a certain notoriety and a degree of viral success, and with that the courage to put it all into a book, Hold the Line.