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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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Nondumiso Tshabangu Reviews The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah

The Book of Memory

Star Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5 The Book of Memory Petina Gappah Faber & Faber, September 2015 Online Price: R302 The Book of Memory is the second work of fiction by Petina Gappah, a work that underscores why she won the Guardian First Book Award for her first, the short story collection An Elegy for Easterly. This […]

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Nondumiso Tshabangu Reviews Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing

Star Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5 Homegoing Yaa Gyasi Penguin Random House, June 2016 Online Price: R313   You can learn anything when you have to learn it. You could learn to fly if it meant you would live another day. Homegoing is a fresh new voice in African literature – one that it is imperative you […]

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