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I'm so proud of the explosion of local writing that has happened in the last 10-odd years in this country. I still don't read as much local stuff as I'd like to, but I try for at least one a month. The most recent one was Kitchen Casualties by Willemien de Villiers which I found very vivid and moving. Anyone else reading South African writers at the moment?
This is one of the reasons that I got into publishing.. There are so many South African stories that really need to be told. Some fiction, some non...
It is really exciting to be able to be involved in this..
I've recently read Spud and Spud - The Madness Continues by John van de Ruit. Found them both highly enjoyable books, and even though I'm female and didn't go to a private boarding school, I found I could identify with poor Spud, his strange circle of friends, and his dysfunctional family. Not the sort of book I normally read but I heard such a glowing review (by John Maytham) of the Madness book that I had to get the first one. And then of course I was hooked.
I've just finished Blind Faith by Barbara Folscher - an excellent read with wonderful imagery - highly recommended. Not just another 'struggle' book but so much more, living up to its tag-line "a political thriller with a heart - compelling and intelligent". Beautifully written and mesmerizing right to the end. (I couldn't bring myself to put it down until two-thirds of the way through and then couldn't wait to finish it the next morning). An interesting treatment of the infamous "Dr Death" period of South Africa's history although of course all characters are "solely the creation of the author".
Well done, Barbara. Very well done!
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