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he Land Is Ours  tells the story of South Africa’s first black lawyers, who operated in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In an age of aggressive colonial expansion, land disposse

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Under the Shade of Wisdom is a collection of intriguing and soul searching poems that are centred on emotional and social issues experienced in human life. The book shouts voices from a wondering soul

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Still Grazing was first published in the US in 2004; it is an autobiography which shares rich detail of world-acclaimed jazz giant Hugh Masekela’s life, infused with love and loss, sex and drugs, ex

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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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Author's insights

Delve into Zake Mda’s eloquent writing

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Phemelo could not contain her excitement as she profiles literary legend Zanemvula Kizito Gatyeni Mda who commonly knows and referred to as Zakes Mda. Mda was born in Herschel, Eastern Cape, South Africa, in 1948. When he was 15 years old, his first short story Igqira lase Mvubase appeared in a yout

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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