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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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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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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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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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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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