Un­pres­i­dented

South African Country Life - - Competition -

There’s only one word to de­scribe au­thor Paige Nick – au­da­cious. Pos­si­bly fear­less. Maybe crazy. Who else would take on the fic­tion­alised story of an ex-pres­i­dent newly re­leased from prison fol­low­ing cor­rup­tion charges, on med­i­cal pa­role for a dan­ger­ously in­fected in­grown toe­nail in the year 2020? No one. Lawyers ad­vised her not to, but the pub­lish-and-be­damned Ms Nick went ahead any­way. And so her pro­tag­o­nist, Jeremiah Muza (re­ally) has been per­suaded to write his mem­oires (or mem­o­ries) with the help of dis­graced jour­nal­ist (you wouldn’t be­lieve what he’s guilty of… well you might, but it’s com­pli­cated) Matthew Stone. And so it rolls – the ex-pres proves to be an un­re­li­able can­di­date for mem­ory shar­ing and, as the pub­lish­ers deadline ap­proaches, Mr Stone be­comes in­creas­ingly frus­trated. De­spite be­ing dan­ger­ously, un­com­fort­ably close to what the me­dia would have us be­lieve are home truths, it’s hys­ter­i­cally funny. Favourite among the fic­tion­alised char­ac­ters are Jeremiah’s two re­main­ing wives (the oth­ers pulled out), Bo­nang and Re­filwe – busi­ness­women keep­ing their er­rant hus­band in the man­ner to which he’d like to be ac­cus­tomed. Au­thor: Paige Nick Pub­lisher:

NB Books Re­viewer: Nancy Richards Price: R200

ISBN: 978 0 62074 922 0 Give­away Code: PRES

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