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Recommended books (24)
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Africa Challenge" were written by authors from South Africa. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night

Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night by Sindiwe Magona EN

Rating: 4     3 Votes
Magona's collection of superb short stories brings a full range of South African women's experience brilliantly to light. From the village mother leaving her children to work to the maid in service to the white madam, the stories are at once tragic, triumphant, humorous, and sharp, but above all forcefully empowering.
Recommended: 13 Aug 2023


Long Walk to Freedom : The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela EN

Rating: 5     4 Votes
The riveting memoirs of the outstanding moral and political leader of our time, A LONG WALK TO FREEDOM brilliantly re-creates the drama of the experiences that helped shape Nelson Mandela's destiny. Emotive, compelling and uplifting, A LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is the exhilarating story of an epic life; a story of hardship, resilience and ultimate triumph told with the clarity and eloquence of a born leader. 'Burns with the luminosity of faith in the invincible nature of human hope and dignity ... Unforgettable' Andre Brink 'Enthralling ... Mandela emulates the few great political leaders such as L... continue


Master Harold...and the boys by Athol Fugard EN

Rating: 4     7 Votes
Drama set in South Africa during apartheid.
Genre Adult
Recommended: 23 Aug 2023

Mother to mother

Mother to mother by Sindiwe Magona EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Recommended: 25 Jan 2023

No Time Like the Present

No Time Like the Present by Nadine Gordimer EN

Rating: 2     1 Vote
A sharply observed new novel about post-apartheid South Africa from the Nobel Prize winner Nadine Gordimer is one of our most telling contemporary writers. With each new work, she attacks—with a clear-eyed fierceness, a lack of sentimentality, and a deep understanding of the darkest depths of the human soul—her eternal themes: the inextricable link between personal and communal history; the inescapable moral ambiguities of daily life; the political and racial tensions that persist in her homeland, South Africa. And in each new work is fresh evidence of her literary genius: in the sharpness of ... continue
Recommended: 10 Jul 2023

Règles douloureuses

Règles douloureuses by Kopano Matlwa FR

0 Ratings
Nous sommes en 2015, en Afrique du Sud. Des années durant, Masechaba a souffert de douleurs chroniques liées à une endométriose. Le sang a forgé son caractère, non seulement il a fait d'elle une personne solitaire, presque craintive, mais il l'a aussi poussé à devenir médecin. Quand débute le roman, elle est interne dans un hôpital. Dans le flux ininterrompu des patients, elle s'interroge sur sa capacité à les aimer tous, à leur donner toutes ses forces, tout son dévouement. E... continue
Recommended: 30 Oct 2022

Sit Down and Listen

Sit Down and Listen: Stories from South Africa by Ellen Kuzwayo EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
'For so many years now,' writes the author of this delightful collection, 'we have owned our stories while owning so little else.' Ellen Kuzwayo's autobiography Call Me Woman was an international bestseller. At last we hear her extraordinarily distinct voice again, this time in a series of stories culled from her rich personal experience as community leader, social worker, teacher and black woman in South Africa. These tales explore the complex life of contemporary black South Africa through the traditional form of story-telling. But the stories themselves are no... continue
Recommended: 23 Apr 2023


The Collector of Treasures and Other Botswana Village Tales by Bessie Head EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
Botswana village tales about subjects such as the breakdown of family life and the position of women in this society.
Recommended: 01 Nov 2022


The Expedition to the Baobab Tree by Wilma Stockenstrom EN

Rating: 5     2 Votes
Wearily, I take the path to the river, there in the cool to fill my being with the sounds of my sister-being, to refresh myself in the modest scents of pigeonwood and mitzeerie, to let my gaze end in a tangle of monkey ropes and fern arches and the slowly descending leaves, and to find rest, all day long, all night long. A young slave girl accompanies her owner on an expedition into the African interior in search of a mythical city. In unfamiliar terrain, the party gets lost. One by one, our narrator's companions disappear, leaving her to take refuge in the hollow of a baobab tree. There, she ... continue
Recommended: 08 Oct 2022

The Lord of the Rings

The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien EN

Rating: 4     2389 Votes
An epic depicting the Great War of the Ring, a struggle between good and evil in Middle-Earth, in which the tiny Hobbits play a key role.
Recommended: 14 Aug 2023

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