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Jennifer Crocker Reviews There Goes English Teacher by Karin Cronje

There Goes English Teacher

Star Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5 There Goes English Teacher Karin Cronje Modjaji Books, October 2018 Online Price: R289     Karin Cronje makes the decision to go to South Korea to teach English, in what seems like an almost unconsidered manner. We meet her at the beginning of this wonderful memoir, in her son’s bathroom with […]

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Jenny’s Reads: Great Books for the Festive Season

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Finally, we’ve come face to face with whatever 2019 holds for us. It was only yesterday, it seems, that we were saying the same thing at the end of 2017. The one thing that is certain is that this year has been so tumultuous that nothing any of the sages and wannabe sages gave us […]

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Amogelang Mothapo Reviews Small Things by Nthikeng Mohlele

Small Things

Star Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3/5 Small Things Nthikeng Mohlele Jacana Media, May 2018 (new edition) Online Price: R206     Small Things: A novel about despair, love, and the elusive nature of inner happiness. This book starts off by introducing us to the anonymous narrator’s first unrequited love, Desiree. We get to experience the all-consuming love […]

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Jenny’s Reads: the Man Booker Prize plus festive season reads

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It’s come and it’s gone. Of course, I’m referring to the illustrious Booker Prize, often described as the world’s most important literary prize in the English language. It’s changed a great deal in the last few years. A decision was taken to allow the Americans in and nothing’s been the same since. They wiped the […]

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Nondumiso Tshabangu Reviews Oil on Water by Helon Habila

Oil on Water

Star Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5 Oil on Water Helon Habila Penguin Books, September 2011 Online Price: R206     Helon Habila takes you on a chase through an underworld of investigative journalism in a war-locked country, and his pace is impeccable. Two journalists are recruited to find the kidnapped wife of a British oil engineer. There’s […]

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Jenny’s Reads: Stranger Than Fiction

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The thing with this time of the year is not the weather. It’s not the lengthening days. Nor is it the thought of the summer holidays fast approaching or the overwhelming slog to get beach fit. It is the annual glut of the best books of the year all jostling for attention, popping through letter […]

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Nondumiso Tshabangu Reviews Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

Freshwater

Star Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3/5 Freshwater Akwaeke Emezi Faber & Faber, March 2018 Online Price: R244     A strange debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centres around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves as a result of being born “with one foot on the other […]

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Jenny’s Reads: Books to Savour

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Imagine my delight when a publisher heading a large international publishing house confided that he woke up every morning around four thirty, brushed his teeth, slipped his feet into slippers if it was winter, wrapped himself up in his dressing gown, made himself a cup of tea and settled down in a chair and began […]

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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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