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Tag Archives | Africa’s Lit

Nondumiso Tshabangu Reviews What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

What We Lose

Star Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3/5 What We Lose Zinzi Clemmons Harper Collins, July 2017 Online Price: R246.00     I waited with bated breath for this book. The USA cover art drew me in and the tweets raving about how good it is only served to heighten my curiosity. Critics were quick to call it the […]

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Thanduxolo Buti Reviews Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile

Queen Sugar

Star Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5 Queen Sugar Natalie Baszile Penguin Putnam Inc, January 2015 Online Price: R257.00   Sometimes, you go looking for adventure, all you find is disaster – Queen Sugar I was introduced to Queen Sugar through the hit series on the OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) channel but reading the book I got more […]

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Lungile Khumalo Reviews The Reactive by Masande Ntshanga

The Reactive

Star Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3/5 The Reactive Masande Ntshanga Umuzi, September 2014 Online Price: R185     Ten years ago, I helped a handful of men take my little brother’s life. I wasn’t there when it happened, but I told Luthando where to find them. Masande Ntshanga’s debut novel grabs you from the get go. Our […]

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Nondumiso Tshabangu Reviews Dear Ijeawele, Or A Feminist Manifesto In Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Dear Ijeawele

Star Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5 Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto In Fifteen Suggestions Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 4th Estate, March 2017 Online Price: R226.00 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was recently in the news for comments she made on transgender women and I myself joined the critics. I thought, How dare she? The episode made me realise that […]

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Lungile Khumalo Reviews We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

We Need New Names

Star Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5 We Need New Names NoViolet Bulawayo Vintage Publishing, February 2014 Online Price: R165   Leaving your country is like dying, and when you come back you are like a ghost returning to earth, roaming around with a missing gaze in your eyes In We Need New Names we meet ten year old […]

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Nondumiso Tshabangu Reviews Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Swing Time

Star Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3/5 Swing Time Zadie Smith Hamish Hamilton, November 2016 Online Price: R313.00   I have recently discovered Zadie Smith and I have to say — Why didn’t anyone put me on to her sooner? This has not been an easy read, however: Swing Time does a difficult dance. It doesn’t quite mesh […]

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Lungile Khumalo Reviews Period Pain by Kopano Matlwa

period pain

Star Rating: ★★★ 3/5 Period Pain Kopano Matlwa Jacana Media, November 2016 Online Price: R200       The only books worth reading are books written in blood – Frederick Buechner Period Pain is a raw, hard-hitting and an intensely personal account of a young woman’s struggle to find her place in contemporary South Africa. […]

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