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TWO TONS O’ FUN

TWO TONS O’ FUN

TWO TONS O’ FUN by Fred Khumalo So well written with empathy and humour, Fred Khumalo has somehow managed to understand the mind and thoughts of a 14 year old girl, Lerato, despite being an older man himself.  Underlying the humour is a portrait of current life...

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TAKUDZWA AND JACK

TAKUDZWA AND JACK

TAKUDZWA AND JACK BY Barry Stranack Jack put his arm around Takkie and whispered sadly, “We all take different paths in life, but wherever we go we will take a little of each other with us.” Born on the same day, born on the same land, they are soul-mates. But...

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OMUTENGE: The Burden of Young Men

OMUTENGE: The Burden of Young Men

OMUTENGE: The Burden of Young Men by Theron Crawford Theron Crawford has taken four men from completely different backgrounds and written them into an emotive and realistic record of the South African Border War, also known as the Namibian War of Independence/Angolan...

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A SIN OF OMISSION

A SIN OF OMISSION

A SIN OF OMISSION by Marguerite Poland Written so beautifully with great compassion and deep understanding of the times, Marguerite Poland’s latest book is a moving story inspired by the life of a young African deacon, the Reverend Stephen Mtutuko Mnyakama, who had...

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WHEN ELEPHANTS FIGHT

WHEN ELEPHANTS FIGHT

WHEN ELEPHANTS FIGHT by Ashwin Dave. An exciting and colourful debut novel and both a suspenseful and fast-paced thriller, When Elephants Fight is full of unexpected twists and turns with well-depicted and fascinating characters. Drawing on his personal knowledge and...

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YOU NEVER REALLY KNOW

YOU NEVER REALLY KNOW

YOU NEVER REALLY KNOW by John Hunt A clever and humorous spoof  of life in the “unofficial, unofficial home” of the Chief Boss Commander, CBC, narrated by Cappuccino who has been promoted from the laundry to being the Barista. Never having left the compound,...

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Then a Wind Blew

Then a Wind Blew

Then a Wind Blew by Kay Powell Kay Powell wanted to explain the Rhodesian/Zimbabwean war to her daughters, so wrote a powerful and thought-provoking novel based on the totally different lives of three women who were caught up in “The Pity of War”. Through the voices...

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THOSE WHO LIVE IN CAGES

THOSE WHO LIVE IN CAGES

THOSE WHO LIVE IN CAGES by Terry-Ann Adams Those Who Live in Cages captures an astonishingly intimate view of life in Eldorado Park, a Coloured township south of Johannesburg, through five women of various ages and circumstances - Bertha, Kaylynn, Laverne, Janice and...

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