A se­lec­tion of the books that landed on our book­shelves

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Faith and Courage, Pray­ing with Man­dela, by Thabo Mak­goba (Tafel­berg)

A mov­ing ac­count of Arch­bishop Thabo Mak­goba’s life as he in­vites the reader to join him on a per­sonal jour­ney, shar­ing his feel­ings and bur­dens as he prayed for Madiba and oth­ers hold­ing po­lit­i­cal of­fice.

From his boy­hood in Alexan­dra, Jo­han­nes­burg, as the son of a Zion Chris­tian Church (ZCC) pas­tor, to his fam­ily’s forced re­moval to Soweto where he was caught up in the po­lit­i­cal up­ris­ings in 1976, to his vo­ca­tion and ap­point­ment as Arch­bishop of Cape Town, he re­lates how he felt about his pas­toral ap­proach to the world icon.

What did pray­ing with those near­est and dear­est to Madiba mean, and what were his spir­i­tual views?

Arch­bishop Mak­goba is one of the most out­spo­ken church lead­ers of his day, and this frank and mov­ing ac­count opens a win­dow on South Africa’s spir­i­tual make-up and of­fers a fas­ci­nat­ing and riv­et­ing read. – Orielle Berry

Mis­Chief by A A K Mas­son (Por­cu­pine Press)

We need all the laughs we can get th­ese days and this is po­lit­i­cal satire at its best as the au­thor cre­ates an hi­lar­i­ous fu­ture sce­nario set in Jan­uary 2019.

Zuma leaves the coun­try with two of his wives in tow and enough money to main­tain the lav­ish life­style to which he is ac­cus­tomed.

Mean­while, the ANC, in dire need of cash, turns to bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man Mor­gan Mwana to lead them to vic­tory in the na­tional elec­tions.

An ex­otic Parisian life­style; a high-pro­file South African wed­ding; ca­pers with a psy­cho­pathic hye­nalov­ing hench­man; and Bob Mu­gabe’s suc­ces­sor Pres­i­dent Alvin Mu­gabe, as despotic as his fa­ther; all play a part in this chaotic, zany and trou­ble­some but de­light­ful read.

An African fairy tale… yes, no, maybe. – Orielle Berry

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