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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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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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