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Chasing the Tails of my Father’s Cattle by Sindiwe Magona (Seriti sa Sechaba) Set in a small, remote village in the Eastern Cape during apartheid, this is the story of Shumikazi – the only surviving child of Jojo and Miseka. Shumi appears to live an unremarkable life. But she is…

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Gutsy new author on the block

Dudu Busani Dube – remember that name. This 34-year-old print journalist by day and author by night is tapping into a market that has little to no mainstream attention in South Africa. But she is proving to be a huge success. Born and bred in the streets of KwaMashu, Dube…

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Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery By Sally Andrew (Umuzi) Tannie Maria is the agony aunt for her local newspaper, the Klein Karoo Gazette. Fifty-something, short and soft in all the wrong places, Maria loves to cook. She dishes out her recipes to readers seeking advice on matters…

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Colour me happy

I’ve been getting a number of adult colouring in books to review – except they’ve been in Afrikaans so I ignored them at first. Then I came across this book at my local supermarket and the idea just seemed so cool. A bit of research and I found that the…

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The African Penguin Series by Lulu and Tee Two mothers from Kommetjie in the Western Cape have embarked on a remarkable journey – utilising their knowledge and talent to educate and entertain children, while raising funds for wildlife conservation in South Africa at the same time. Linda Fellowes (aka Lulu) and…

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The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett (Penguin Random House) Sir Terry Pratchett’s final Discworld novel has hit the stands. And only Discworld fans will understand what I’m saying. If you aren’t a fan, skip to the next section now. Something is stirring in the hills known as the Chalk. Tiffany Aching,…

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Papwa: Golf’s Lost Legend by Maxine Case (Kwela) In 1963 Sewsunker “Papwa” Sewgolum was the first golfer of colour to win a provincial open in South Africa. Two years later he beat Gary Player to win the Natal Open for the second time. He also won the Dutch Open three…

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  Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal (Penguin Random House) When Ibby’s father dies in an accident in 1964, her mother abandons her in New Orleans with her grandmother Fannie. Fannie, who lives in an ornate uptown Victorian mansion, is unlike anyone Ibby has ever met – eccentric, prone to stints…

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Star Wars Reads Day

Don’t underestimate the power of reading. Celebrate International Star Wars Reads Day at Exclusive Books, Westille. Date: October 10 Time: 10.30am Call 031 265 0454 for more information. Looking for a great web host, try Hostking

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