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Jenny’s Reads: Books on My Radar

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I love this time of year. I love the plane trees just beginning to turn gold, with the promise of autumn ahead. I love getting a scruffy garden into the last of summer shape. I love my vegetable garden with plants straining to produce their fruit before the sun holds no warmth and they are […]

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Nondumiso Tshabangu Reviews Colour Me Yellow by Thuli Nhlapo

Colour Me Yellow

Star Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3/5 Colour Me Yellow Thuli Nhlapo Kwela Books, September 2017 Online Price: R246     Reading Colour Me Yellow, I felt like an adult watching helplessly over a child’s unfolding plight. A relentlessly heart-breaking story of rejection – first by Thuli’s own mother, then by society, because she is different – this […]

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Jenny’s Reads: Reading at Leisure

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It’s now so long ago it hardly happened: the Christmas summer holiday break. Never has any country so embraced dropping everything and just being. I suspect, though, that many of us, exhausted by the year, find difficulty ‘just being’. One of the avenues of discussion I find difficult to understand is doing nothing. My idea […]

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Thanduxolo Buti Reviews Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi

Ghana Must Go

Star Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5 Ghana Must Go Taiye Selasi Penguin Books, January 2014 Online Price: R189   He stares at the glittering, arrested by beauty, and knows what he knew all those winters ago: that when faced with a thing that is fragile in a world that is ugly and crushing and cruel the correct […]

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Jenny’s Reads: End of the Year Highlights

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Wherever you look there are books. Marvellous books on groaning shelves. And the pity of this end of year literary orgy is that you can’t buy everything. What an extraordinary year of fact and fiction there has been. Until three months ago, it seemed that it would be a year of stellar fiction. I still […]

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Jenny’s Reads: Christmas Books

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Thank goodness. It’s enough with the book awards for 2017. It’s also enough with the book festivals for 2017. We need a break now that the Booker Prize 2017 has come and gone. Now it’s time for whatever peace we can find as we run down the steep slope towards the end of a turbulent […]

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Nondumiso Tshabangu Reviews When Rain Clouds Gather by Bessie Head

When Rain Clouds Gather

Star Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5 When Rain Clouds Gather Bessie Head Little Brown, August 2010 (originally published 1968) Online Price: R180     Bessie Head is one of southern Africa’s hidden gems. Like most people I was introduced to her because her books were part of my school’s syllabus – and since then I have long […]

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Jenny’s Reads: South African Non-Fiction Reads

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Twenty years ago a distinguished and influential South African publisher rubbed his hands together and said: “Now that we have our freedom I’m looking forward to the great South African novel.” Our Gone With the Wind, our To Kill a Mockingbird, is yet to be written. But what is happening in our vital local book […]

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