Books: Hol­i­day Reads


IN­TRUD­ERS by Mo­hale Mashigo, PanMacmil­lan, R 180 Short sto­ries are no­to­ri­ous for leav­ing read­ers feel­ing frus­trated, but Mashigo man­ages to avoid that. In­trud­ers brims with fu­tur­is­tic tales that make the reader dream of a bet­ter world. Each story is imag­i­na­tive, yet very fa­mil­iar as it’s set in dif­fer­ent parts of South Africa. Our favourite sto­ries are Manoka, BnB in Bloem and The High Heel Killer.– ZZ

AND THEN MY MAMA SAID… by Tumi Mo­rake, Pen­guin, R220 The tone in Tumi Mo­rake’s mem­oir is tan­ta­mount to hav­ing ban­ter with a friend — it’s heart­warm­ing, tear-jerk­ing and hi­lar­i­ous. She opens up about many as­pects of her life — from her child­hood in Thaba Nchu and Mafikeng, how her par­ents’ di­vorce af­fected her; her sex­ual as­sault and rape as a teen to her mother’s de­pres­sion and fi­nally find­ing her feet in Joburg. – SL

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