Having a sister is one of the best elements of my life. We used to fight a lot growing up, about almost everything (even who got to eat out of which particular bowl at breakfast). She is now one of my best friends and I love spending time with her. The thought of growing up… Continue reading Read Women Write 2014/15: Book 25: Lauren Liebenberg: The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam
Sometimes life fucks you. That's probably the understatement of the century, and I suppose it's a bit crass, but it's the truth. Plain and simple. So when it does your immediate options are generally: 1) Remain in a heap on the floor and cry, indefinitely, whilst attached to an IV drip of nutella and wine;… Continue reading Read Women Write 2014/15: Book 24: Paige Nick: A Million Miles from Normal
Every family has things they'd rather people not know, or at least, not people outside the family. Whether your family is large or small, it's likely that someone in it has a secret (I mean who hasn't watched Bold and the Beautiful?), or something that they'd simply rather not tell anyone. The thing is though,… Continue reading Read Women Write 2014/15: Book 23: C.A. Davids: The Blacks of Cape Town
Well. There are few things I like more than books with almost exclusively female characters, mystery, and sex. I am also pretty partial to a story set in the Eastern Cape, having studied there for six years. Now I See You ticked all the boxes. It follows the story of Detective Inspector Thabisa Tswane from The Eagles,… Continue reading Read Women Write 2014/15: Book 22: Priscilla Holmes: Now I See You
The past few weeks for me have been manic - work has been crazy, my personal life has been busy, and there just hasn't seemed to be enough time for me to write or read much. So, instinctively, I sought out a collection of short stories because I knew I'd have the chance to squeeze… Continue reading Read Women Write 2014/15: Book 21: Wame Molefhe: Go Tell the Sun
Ever since reading Antjie Krog's Country of My Skull in 2012 I have had a strange fascination with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. As an aside,Country of My Skull touched me very deeply. I recall sitting at my desk one afternoon, head literally on the book, and sobbing because of its powerful depiction of the TRC hearings. I am not yet brave… Continue reading Read Women Write 2014/15: Book 20: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: 491 Days.