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The Heart knows is a collection of a mother's reflections and a quest to find healing. It traces the highs and lows, the imbalance behind our masks, the puzzle, the pieces in the middle of nowhere and

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Treasure is a naïve dreamer tossed into this unforgiving reality. Intent on supporting herself, she walks out of her dysfunctional family home in Westonaria and straight into the greedy heart of Jo

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A compelling selection of poems from Keorapetse Kgositsile’s lifework, traversing the journey of humanity in three collections:

I. The taste of bronze drunk hot . .

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What is really known about talks that led to negations in apartheid South Africa in 1993? On 2 February 1990 South African apartheid regime unbanned the PAC and the ANC. What was the internat

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This book is about African Inventors and their inventions and includes African youth who were below the age of 30. The book answers the questions of where writing, original human language, medicine, o

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Author's insights

Delve into Zake Mda’s eloquent writing

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Zakes Mda is the author of the novels Ways of Dying and The Heart of Redness, among many others. He was born in the Eastern Cape, but spent his early childhood in Soweto, finishing his school education in Lesotho. He is a prolific writer of novels, plays, poems and articles for academic journals

Farewell Bra Willie, forever our literally legend

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Professor Keorapetse William Kgositsile, who died on 3 January 2018, wasthe official patron of Xarra Books. A regular and loyal customer and a paying guest of our store, Prof Kgositsile hadover the years supported, encouraged and contributed immensely to the repositioning of Xarra Books. The well-

If I Stay Right Here

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Shay, a journalism student in Jo’burg, meets Sip, an unreformed bad girl when she goes to interview her in prison for a radical blog she writes for – and the two girls are drawn into an intense love affair. Their relationship is a dangerous cocktail of lust, jealousy, young love, infidelity and

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