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Nondumiso Tshabangu Reviews The Terrible by Yrsa Daley-Ward

The Terrible

Star Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5 The Terrible Yrsa Daley-Ward Penguin, April 2018 Online Price: R198     Poet, model and actor Yrsa Daley-Ward, best known for her debut poetry collection, Bone, and her spoken-word performances, has written a heartbreaking memoir in The Terrible, where she talks readers through a tale of a dark-skinned girl growing up […]

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Jenny’s Reads: Reading Lists and Fine Local Literature

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Barack Obama does them frequently. Bill Clinton occasionally does as well. And to my great delight Michael Jordaan (former highly innovative head of FNB and now involved in launching an online bank, wine and so much more) decided to announce his winter holiday one. Yes: we’re talking about reading lists, usually coinciding with a longish […]

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Jenny’s Reads: Award Winners and More Books to Read

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So there we are. It’s done and it’s dusted and a great deal of bubbly has been consumed. Of course, I am talking (finally) about the Sunday Times Literary Awards. In case you haven’t heard, the prestigious Alan Paton Award went to Bongani Ngqulunga for The Man Who Founded the ANC: A Biography of Pixley […]

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Jenny’s Reads: Sunday Times Literary Awards Picks

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It’s not a late night – the Sunday Times Literary Awards shortlist announcements. The room, in an eyrie above Empire Road, was abuzz, though, because it’s an evening that rocks. And she saw me before I saw her. There’s no mistaking Yewande Omotoso. She is over six foot and she towers over me. “I haven’t […]

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Thanduxolo Buti Reviews Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Star Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5 Sing, Unburied, Sing Jesmyn Ward Bloomsbury, November 2017 Online Price: R188     Sing, Unburied, Sing is the fourth novel by bestselling and multi-award-winning author, Jesmyn Ward. It is a poignant tale that explores the dynamics of an African American family trying to survive while navigating racism, drugs, abuse and death. […]

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Jenny’s Reads: Authors Coming to SA Book Festivals

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It’s a fact: from the end of April on it is the time for book awards, book festivals and a glory of books falling off presses with such rapidity they become a blur. This marks the beginning of my Christmas reading pile, for there is no way anyone on this planet can read everything. Right […]

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Jenny’s Reads: Books to Savour over your Easter Break

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We have a delicious glut of public holidays ahead. They stretch from Easter right through until 1st May and each of them holds the promise of carefully contrived long weekends sandwiched around most of them. But which books does one choose to go with the wine that goes with the friends that go with the […]

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