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The Yearn­ing by Mo­hale Mashigo (Picador Africa; R267)

When Maru­bini be­gins to no­tice a strange, omi­nous pres­ence loom­ing in the shad­ows of her life, she has no idea that it’s the re­minder of past pain and mem­o­ries long for­got­ten. She tries to ig­nore it, but when the dark­ness causes her to pass out and have dis­turb­ing flash­backs, she goes home to her fam­ily to un­cover the truth. A South African tale about tragic events, yearn­ing, loss and over­com­ing all ob­sta­cles.

Maes­tra by LS Hil­ton (Zaf­fre Pub­lish­ing; R318)

Maes­tra is be­ing hailed as the new Fifty Shades and like Fifty, it’s the first of a planned se­ries, is set to be made into a film and has sex scenes aplenty. This time around, though, there’s mur­der in the mix, plus a hero­ine who works in the art world, hangs out in up­mar­ket spots and name-checks de­signer la­bels. Dick­ens it ain’t, but you may still find your­self de­vel­op­ing a per­verse fond­ness for the stylish, sexy and so­cio­pathic Judith Rash­leigh.

The Chimes by Anna Smaill (Hod­der & Stoughton; R222)

In­tri­cate, imag­i­na­tive and lyri­cal, The Chimes is set in fu­tur­is­tic Lon­don where food is for­aged, life is cheap and the to­tal­i­tar­ian or­der con­trols cit­i­zens by ban­ning the writ­ten word via a form of mu­sic that de­stroys mem­ory and causes death. In this post-apoc­a­lyp­tic world, the or­phaned teenager Si­mon joins a small group of scav­engers, and the re­sult­ing quest and ro­mance lead to a con­clu­sion that’s a re­minder of the power of the past.

“I read for plea­sure and that is the mo­ment I learn the most.” – Mar­garet At­wood

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