It took the lawyer and writer 20 years to write this book.It took her 10 years of historical research in libraries.It took her 350 pages to write it down. It brought me a fascinating read. I have read books about David Livingstone, the Scotchman who travelled through southern Africa in the nineteenth century. Who wrote … Continue reading review OUT OF DARKNESS, SHINING LIGHT
The last novel by the Nobelprize winner Doris Lessing (1919-2013) is an attempt at a special kind of biography. She writes a biography about her parents Alfred Tayler and Emily McVeagh that is not a biography, not even two biographies. What does Doris do? She takes away one very important historical event away from the … Continue reading review ALFRED & EMILY
How many people have travelled from Cape to Cairo over the years? Some have become famous, some have stayed in the background. Some have travelled on foot, some used a pushbike, others used a car. Ton van der Lee has joined the long list of travellers. For the writer of this book Africa was not … Continue reading review DE AFRIKAANSE WEG
In this podcast you will hear an interview with the Zimbabwean writer Panashe Chigumadzi. The questions are being asked by the publisher Ellah Wakatama Allfrey.
Published last year, this latest fruit from Tsisti’s tree tells the story of Tambudzai (yes, the one from Nervous Conditions) who ends up in Harare. We follow her struggles to survive in this town. At every turn she has to look around carefully. Read this extract.
Refugees are from all times. People leave home, cross a border, settle in another place, build a new life. The Bulawayo-born writer Sue Nyathi moved to South Africa where she works in the world of figures. She still finds time to move to the world of words. In her latest novel The Gold Diggers she … Continue reading EXTRACT | Sue Nyathi’s The Gold Diggers