Sunday read: The Poet X

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Sunday read: The Poet X The Poet X is a novel-in-verse by award-winning slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo. To truly appreciate it’s beauty you The Poet X should not be read but spoken. Take a look at Acevedo’s video to understand how this beautiful piece of writing was conceived.

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Sunday read: Who Fears Death

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Who Fears Death Let me say it up front: this is not an easy novel to read.  But it is still one of my top novels of 2018 and I think it’s worth reading. Nigerian-American author Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death is set in post-apocalyptic Sudan. Her protagonist is Onyesonwu –…

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Sunday read: An American Marriage

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Sunday read: An American Marriage An American Marriage kicked off the resurrection of the Oprah Book Club, so there has been quite a bit of hype around it. And I could not wait to get hold of this book. The novel itself has all the necessary ingredients for a tragic…

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Sunday read: The Last Romeo

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Sunday read: The Last Romeo Someone described The Last Romeo as Sex and the City meets Bridget Jones’s Diary. James is 34 and has just emerged from a 6-year relationship with Adam. He hates his job and his best friend Bella is heading off to Russia – leaving him behind. And what…

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Sunday read: What Lies Within

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Sunday read: What Lies Within I’ve had a few “burning-issues” kind of books land on my desk recently. These are my favourite kinds of books. Stories that weave an intricate narrative with social observation and even commentary are what I gravitate to. However, I find myself turning to a lighter…

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Sunday read: Johannesburg

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Sunday read: Johannesburg If you’re going to write about Johannesburg on the day Nelson Mandela died, it has to be pretty special or breathtaking. That’s my take on that day. A nation’s heart broke on that day. It was a life-changing moment in South Africa, as much as the man’s…

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Sunday read: A Kind of Freedom

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Sunday read: A Kind of Freedom I was eager to begin reading this novel.  Reading is an emotional journey for me. It is about testing my emotions, my empathy, and my understanding. For me, a book is gripping because it appeals to me emotionally, it tests me and it leaves…

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Sunday read: The Betrayal

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Sunday read: The Betrayal I’ve just read the first chapter of Kate Furnivall’s The Betrayal and I can’t wait to get into this one. The first pages of this novel are tense and image-laden — filled with dripping blood, despair, collusion … and betrayal. Twin sisters, Romy and Florence, share…

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Sunday read: The Girl Who Saw Lions

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Sunday read: The Girl Who Saw Lions There’s no better press drop than a book drop in our home. And when it’s a young adult novel, there’s inevitably an argument about who gets to read the book first. The Girl Who Saw Lions by Berlie Doherty landed on my desk last…

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Author, Ali Land, to launch her debut novel in SA

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Author, Ali Land, to launch her debut novel in SA Ali Land, author of one of the most extraordinary, controversial and explosive literary debuts of 2017, with be launching her book Good Me Bad Me to Cape Town audiences in September. She will be participating in a number of events at the Open…

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