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Heralded in the author’s native South Africa as “the hottest novel of the year,” The Reactive is a clear-eyed and compassionate depiction of a young HIV+ man grappling with the sudden

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Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years is a book by Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa describing Mandela's term as President of South Africa.

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Swing Time is Zadie Smith’s fifth novel and for my money her finest. A “best friend bildungsroman” in the

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At the center of this invigorating novel are two unlikely friends, Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal. Hapless veterans of World War II, Archie and Samad and their fam

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On Beauty is a 2005 novel by British author Zadie Smith, loosely based on  Howards end by E.M Forster. The story follows the lives of a mixed-race British/American family living in the

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Sabata-mpho Mokae – Mohlohadi wa di booka

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DECEMBER 5, 2019THE JRBLEAVE A COMMENT   The JRB presents an excerpt from Moletlo wa Manong, the award-winning Setswana novel by Sabata-mpho Mokae. Moletlo wa Manong was recently announced as the co-winner of the 2019 Novel Award at the South Africa Literary Awards. Moletlo wa Manong Sabata-

Profile interview – Zakes Mda

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Weekend Breakfast host Phemelo Motene, could not contain her excitement as she profiled literary legend Zanemvula Kizito Gatyeni Mda, commonly known 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 l

Farewell Bra Willie, forever our literally legend

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